Officer uses Narcan to save life inside Prov. District Court


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Capitol Police Officer was able to unexpectedly save a life on Tuesday while working at the Garrahy Judicial Complex.

According to State Police, a Capitol Police Officer found a 30-year-old man unresponsive on a first floor bench at the Providence district court.

The officer then administered one dose of Naloxone (Narcan) to the man, following the officer’s training regarding symptoms associated with a potential heroin overdose, a news release said.

Colonel Steven O’Donnell stated in the release, “this is another great example of why we as an organization in the Department of Public Safety and the Rhode Island State Police felt a long time ago to equip personnel with Naloxone.”

That one dose revived the man and he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. He appeared in court on Wednesday.

“I commend our Capitol Police Officer for his quick thinking and making a difference in someone’s life,” said Police Chief Joseph Little, applauding the efforts.

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