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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 ~ 630.407.2010

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Deputy Honored with Lifesaving Award

Deputy Jasper

Sheriff John Zaruba presented Deputy Tim Jasper, a 5 year deputy of the Sheriff’s Office, with a Lifesaving Award and Lifesaving pin for his exemplary performance on March 22, 2014 when he administered the drug Narcan to an overdosing Heroin user, saving her life. 

On March 22nd, at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a sick person call for unincorporated Villa Park. Deputy Jasper responded to the scene, entered the residence, he recognized the signs that the sick person was overdosing on Heroin. Jasper immediately administered his issued Narcan to the female who became immediately responsive to the Narcan. The 32 year old victim was transported to the hospital saving her life.   

“Deputy Jasper was the first law enforcement officer to administer Narcan in DuPage County. If he was not carrying this lifesaving drug, another life could have possibly been lost to this epidemic” Sheriff Zaruba said. The successful use of Narcan shows the need to keep expanding this program further so that all law enforcement agencies will have the same ability to save a life” he continued.           

The Sheriff’s Office is one of the County’s Law Enforcement Agencies piloting the DuPage Narcan Program (DNP), which was initiated by the members of the DuPage County Chiefs’ of Police Association. Sheriff Zaruba, along with the other Executive Board members worked in concert with the DuPage County Health Department.  Deputies are equipped with the prescription drug Narcan, a heroin/opiate antagonist which blocks opiates from the opioid receptors in the brain which can reverse an overdose, saving the lives of those who would perish without it.