Rehoboth police officer saves life of man, 22

REHOBOTH BEACH — A police officer revived a 22-year-old man from a heroin overdose just hours after receiving a Naloxone Hydrochloride kit on Wednesday, authorities said in a news release.

Rehoboth Beach Police Cpl. Eric Hiller, a 10-year-member of the force, was joined by Emergency Medical Services responders in administering the medication and rescue breaths to an unresponsive 23-year-old man who had injected multiple bags of heroin, according to spokesperson Lt. Jaime Riddle on Friday.

The Delaware Office of Emergency Medical services recently provided Rehoboth Beach police with five Naloxone kits designed to reverse the effects of opoid induced overdoses.

Cpl. Hiller was issued a kit as he began his patrol shift, and responded to the Summer Place Hotel and 30 Olive Avenue for a reported overdose at approximately 3:40 p.m.

The officer found that an unresponsive man was lying on the floor, with a fellow resident attempting to perform CPR on him. After speaking to witnesses and through his own observations, Cpl. Hiller determined that an overdose was in progress.

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services provided the Rehoboth Beach Police Department with five Naloxone kits designed to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. (Submitted photo/Rehoboth Police)

“After only a few minutes of performing these rescue efforts, the male patient slowly opened his eyes and returned to a state of alertness,” Lt. Riddle.

The man was taken to the Beebe Health Campus by Rehoboth Beach EMS, treated and released, authorities said.

Sussex County Emergency trained all Rehoboth Beach Police officers on responding to opiod overdoses with Naloxone. One officer per shift now carries a kit to facilitate quick response to overdose incidents, authorities said.

Cpl. Hiller was not working Friday and unavailable for comment.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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