Sheriff Fred Abdalla saves the life of a man who had overdosed


A Jefferson County man is alive after being revived from a drug overdose in a gas station rest room.

And the person who revived him was Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

The story contains a number of  strange coincidences.

Sheriff Abdalla was patrolling on the overnight shift.

At 1:30 a.m., he was craving a candy bar–not just any candy bar.

“I was looking for a Zagnut bar or a Bit-O-Honey,” the sheriff recalled with a smile. “And the store didn’t have any.”

So he went to the downtown Speedway.

And the manager waved him over, pointing to the rest room.

“And when I walked over, here was this individual on the floor, bleeding from the mouth, bleeding from the nose,” he said. 

The sheriff gave him two doses of Narcan, a deputy came and gave him a third, and the squad arrived and gave him a fourth.

And he survived.

“When you put a needle in your arm to shoot up, that could be the last thing you see alive, is that needle going into your arm,” said Abdalla. “And what I told him last night, I said listen, you were lucky this time. Next time you may end up not so lucky. You could end up being dead.”

And here’s the most amazing part.

“My staff just prepared the kit for me yesterday,” he noted. “And it was the first time I had ever used it.”

We asked if he thinks he might hear from that man again someday.

He said if so, he hopes it’s in different circumstances than last night.

“And the Hell of it is, I never did get my Zagnut or Bit-O-Honey,” the sheriff conculded with a smile.

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