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officer uses cpr to save life

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 15:46 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Police in Westville don't carry the heroin antidote narcan but with chest compressions officer Jason Yagelski managed to get a suspected overdose victim breathing again.

According to police, the 25-year old man about 10:30 a.m. Sunday was passenger in a vehicle driven by his wife who pulled to the side of U.S 6 when she noticed his face turning blue.

Traveling behind them was the man's father who pulled his son out of the vehicle, police said.

Yagelski could not find a pulse when he got there and began rapidly pushing down on the man's sternum to try and jump start his heart and lungs.

More than 70 chest compressions later is when the man let out a gasp and now had a weak pulse.

He wasn't fully awake until LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service showed up and adminstered narcan, police said.

''That brought him to where he was conscious and alert,'' said Yagelski, who began his 10-year law enforcement career with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office.

Yagelski is now an officer full time in Long Beach and fills in once or twice a month for police in Westville.

''At first, I didn't know if he was going to make it. I was going to keep going as long as I had to,'' said Yagelski.

Westville Town Marshal Darren Mercer said the officer's medical training and ability to work well under pressure paid off.

''When somebody intervenes and saves a life it's an amazing feeling. It's a great thing,'' said Mercer.

''He's an all around excellent officer,'' Mercer added.

Police were not releasing the name of the man who lives between Westville and LaPorte or his current medical condition.
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