“There were physical signs that the man was suffering from an opiate overdose,” said Police Officer Darnell McLawhorn of the 33 Precinct.
“We’re experienced with administering Narcan, but we also realize each situation is unique too. It was a relief to see him respond to us.”
Police officers in Washington Heights saved a man from a drug overdose after responding to a call of an unconscious person. On Wednesday January 10, Police Officer Mitchell and his partner, Police Officer McLawhorn, responded to a restaurant on Audubon Avenue to assist another police officer who had requested an ambulance for an unconscious male. When the officers arrived at the restaurant, they determined that the 59-year-old man was suffering from an opiate overdose and they administered Naloxone (Narcan). After Officer McLawhorn administered Naloxone to the man, the man became responsive and was later removed to Colombia Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition.
The two police officers were also recently honored as December Cops of the Month by the 33 Precinct for a car stop that resulted in a gun arrest. While conducting Vision Zero enforcement, they stopped a driver for not wearing a seat belt and arrested him after it was determined that he was driving with a suspended license. While doing an inventory of the vehicle Police Officer Mitchell noticed a firearm shell casing inside the car. The officers then applied for a search warrant and a further investigation revealed a trap in the front console that contained 26 doses of heroin, a loaded .45 cal handgun and $2,300 in cash.
“I’ve seen traffic violation stops turn into something bigger on many occasions,” said Police Officer Johnny Mitchell.
“Getting a loaded, high caliber handgun off the street is always significant.”