Police in Ohio Township are receiving high praises for saving the life of a man they found unconscious with no pulse behind the wheel of his car.
According to our CBS affiliate, KDKA, police received a call Saturday afternoon about an erratic driver. They soon found the car on the side of the road on with the driver sitting with his head back and unresponsive. The dash cam in the police cruiser recorded what happened next.
“Checked for a pulse, found no pulse,” said Ohio Township Police Chief Norbert Micklos.
Officer Steve Panormios remained calm and took action. He retrieved an AED kit from his patrol car and immediately tried to get a pulse.
“I think that’s when your training kicks in,” said Chief Micklos. “Your instinct kicks in to just save people.”
The officer then began chest compressions until the victim slowly raised his hand.
Medics then arrived on the scene and transported the unidentified 46-year-old to the hospital.
The officer on scene initially thought that the man was having heart-related issues until the man later confessed to paramedics that he had snorted a bag of heroin earlier in the day.
The officer was unable to use Narcan due to the fact that the man had no pulse, which is needed to push the antidote through the body.
Police say the man won’t be charged in the incident.
The man did call police Tuesday to thank the officer for saving his life.