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Three people honored with Lifesaver awards

Becker County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Douglas, left, and Chief Deputy Shane Richard were recently honored with Lifesaver Awards by the county board. (Submitted photos)

A resident and two Becker County deputies received Lifesaver awards from the Becker County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday at the Becker County Board meeting.

One went to Becker County Deputy Adam Douglas for saving the life of a heroin overdose victim in March.

The incident occurred east of Detroit Lakes shortly before 4 p.m. on March 23, when the sheriff's office got a 911 call asking for help for an unresponsive male, said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.

Douglas rushed to the residence and found him lying on the bedroom floor, "obviously struggling to breathe" as his face was turning blue.

After learning at the scene that the victim was a heroin user, Douglas administered two doses of nasal Narcan, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems.

The two doses had little or no effect, so the deputy administered two more doses before the victim's breathing became apparent and he eventually opened his eyes.

St. Mary's EMS then arrived at the scene, and "after becoming more alert, the male then admitted to using heroin," Glander said.

A Lifesaver award was also presented to Chief Deputy Shane Richard and a resident for their life-saving attempt on a man who was reported down at a resort south of Lake Park on June 8.

The resident, identified as Mr. Tracy, started CPR and the chief deputy assisted with AED shocks until the ambulance arrived.

The Lifesaver awards are given to individuals who use modern lifesaving techniques and/or quick and appropriate action in saving or attempting to save a life.