PAINTED POST | Sheriff’s deputies Brooke Payne and Todd Terwilliger were honored Monday for saving the life on an overdose victim.
Steuben County Sheriff David Cole said Payne arrived at a Victory Highway location at about 6:56 a.m. Feb. 14 and found a 20-year-old male to be unresponsive, without a pulse and turning blue from a lack of oxygen.
Payne immediately called for an ambulance and began to administer CPR to the victim, Cole said. Terwilliger arrived at the scene about two minutes later to assist Payne in her life-saving efforts.
Cole said Payne quickly asked Terwilliger to secure her NARCAN kit and a defibrillator.
Payne was administering CPR when she was bitten by a Siberian husky, Cole said. The husky was then secured by another Victory Highway resident and Payne continued to administer CPR.
The ambulance crew then arrived at the scene, Cole said. The NARCAN was administered to the man and he was revived.
Cole said the man was taken to Corning Hospital, where it was discovered he had ingested a large amount of alcohol, marijuana, Xanax and oxycodone that could have, if not for the work of the deputies, ultimately caused his death.