Lake County Sheriff’s Correctional Officers Karrie Lee and Melissa Dunn, along with Sergeant Timothy Specht, helped save a man’s life in a courtroom where they were working on Aug. 16, 2017. The three officers, who are all members of Teamsters Local 700, are being hailed as heroes for recognizing the man’s distress before jumping into action to save him.
Just before 10:30 a.m., the officers observed a 24 year-old man slumped over in the public viewing area of courtroom C-120. They discovered the man was unconscious and barely breathing and quickly determined he was likely suffering an opioid overdose.
After the officers administered two doses of anti-opiate Naloxone to the man, it caused him to regain normal breathing and eventually regain consciousness. The man was then transported to a local hospital for evaluation. He admitted to consuming the prescription drug Xanax and heroin prior to coming to the courthouse.
“We are so proud of these officers for recognizing that someone needed help and how fast they were able to stabilize the man and save his life,” said Becky Strzechowski, Teamsters Local 700 President. “We know the dangerous situations that correctional officers face when they go to work every day and how imperative it is to be able to think on your feet. These officers exemplify what it means to be focused and trained law enforcement professionals.”