Jeff Koller, a Park Ridge police officer and Teamsters Local 700 member, was honored for helping to save the life of a man who was unresponsive after an apparent drug overdose last year.
During the evening of April 30, 2015, Officer Koller responded to the call of a possible overdose involving a man who was inside a parked car near the intersection of Lake and Stewart in Park Ridge. The driver told Officer Koller that the 21-year-old male passenger had taken heroin and was unresponsive for a few minutes before he called for help.
Immediately, Officer Koller removed the passenger from the car onto the sidewalk, determined that he was not breathing and began CPR while calling for additional help from the Park Ridge Fire Department. Paramedics quickly arrived on the scene and successfully resuscitated the victim in the ambulance.
“When the call came in, I knew in my mind what to expect,” said Officer Koller. “Arriving on the scene, the passenger was not breathing and I knew I had to get CPR started very quickly. I was glad the fire department was already on their way so this person’s life could be saved.”
During a Sept. 8 meeting of the Park Ridge City Council, Officer Koller was presented with the Park Ridge Police Department’s Life Saving Award and Medal for his actions. He was also presented with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Award of Valor on Nov. 3, 2015 during an awards ceremony at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
“The life-saving actions of Officer Koller prompted the paramedics to ensure this was a life saved and not one lost,” said Becky Strzechowski, Local 700 President. “We applaud his determination to protect and serve the Park Ridge community and the example he sets as an upstanding police officer.”
Teamsters Local 700 proudly represents 41 police officers at the Park Ridge Police Department.