Officers honored for life-saving procedures

Law enforcement officers are often praised for drug-related arrests, but rarely are they credited with saving lives with these drugs. That’s what happened at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, February 17.

Sheriff Bobby Deese recognized two deputies, Justin Ray Osborn and Kyle Alan Lickteig, each presenting a letter of accommodation for the resuscitation of two people amid separate drug overdoses.

At 11 p.m. in November, Osborn was sent to a public restroom at a Hayesville convenience store where he found an unconscious young woman, Deese said. The call came as a medical emergency of unknown circumstances involving a woman who was believed to be unconscious.

“Osborn found the woman who had locked herself in a bathroom stall with her young child,” Deese wrote in the letter of accommodation. “At that time, Osborn delivered an effective dose of naloxone to the woman, bringing her back to responsiveness and saving her life.

Naloxone is a drug that quickly reverses an opioid overdose. It was given to the woman in the form of a nasal spray. Osborn called emergency medical services after the woman became conscious.

“Deputy Osborn had only been assigned as a single officer unit on night patrol a few weeks after completing the field training officer program in November when the incident occurred” , Deese said. “His dedication to service to the community and citizens of Clay County reflects the highest distinction and professional training of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.”

Lickteig found himself in a similar situation on Jan. 9, when he was called to a residence in Hayesville around 1 a.m. in reference to “an unknown medical emergency.” He found a man in an unconscious state in the house.

Deese said after a quick assessment of the man’s condition, Lickteig administered two doses of naloxone and began performing CPR, bringing the man back to responsiveness and saving his life.

“Let it be known that because of Deputy Kyle Lickteig’s decisive actions and willingness to help, he saved the life of another,” Deese wrote in the letter of accommodation.

Officers carry naloxone and store it in all buildings and vehicles they occupy. Deese said the recent uses mark the third time it has been used to save a life.

“It’s not just for our safety, we serve the public and we want to take care of everyone. Whether they’re on drugs or not, they’re as important as anyone else,” he said. -he declares.

Deese also plans to nominate the officers for a state award.

“I’m proud of them,” he said. “Both without hesitation jumped in and saved lives, just as they learned in training.”

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