SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714


PITTSBURGH, PA - An on-duty deputy sheriff serving legal process revived an unresponsive woman after a heroin overdose yesterday evening.  The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. when Deputy Sheriff Neil Hall, who was traveling in Highland Park, received dispatch regarding a car that had crashed into a parked vehicle at the intersection of North Beatty and Stanton Avenue.  Deputy Hall responded to the scene, where a bystander informed him there was a female victim in one of the vehicles and that it appeared the victim had overdosed as she was driving her car.    

Deputy Hall retrieved a Naloxone kit from his police unit and attended to the 26 year-old victim, who was slumped over in the driver’s seat, unconscious and not breathing.  The deputy also observed a mark on the victim’s inner arm, which was expelling blood.  After confirming the woman had a pulse, Deputy Hall issued Narcan to the individual.  The victim remained unresponsive until Deputy Hall administered a second dose of Narcan, causing the woman to awaken and communicate. 

Moments later, paramedics arrived at the scene. The victim was subsequently transported to West Penn Hospital for medical evaluation and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance.