What was supposed to be a celebratory lunch turned into a lifesaving effort by Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson and two members of his command staff.
Henderson said he and Undersheriff Dave Frasca were taking Christian Smith — chief of corrections — to lunch in Canandaigua last month after the county jail was recently reaccredited by the state. They were close by and responded after hearing of a drug overdose.
Henderson used his Narcan kit to revive the 34-year-old woman, who had stopped breathing. Frasca and Smith helped with the effort.
“She was right at the cusp,” said Henderson, who has revived overdose victims in the past during his long career as a deputy. “Our deputies do this all the time and do it well.”
In fact, Henderson said there were 40 calls to 911 last month for reported overdoses. Narcan was used on another occasion to revive a victim.
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