Hartsville police sergeant honored for saving lives

Sgt. Riley Free of the Hartsville Police Department was recently recognized by Gov. Henry McMaster for saving two lives by administering the overdose-reversal drug naloxone in emergency situations, according to the HPD. Free was trained in the administration of naloxone through the Law Enforcement Officers Naloxone (LEON) program, an effort that makes naloxone available to officers throughout the state and trains them in how to recognize overdose and administer naloxone until EMS arrives. In observance of Aug. 31 as Overdose Awareness Day and September as Recovery Month, McMaster’s office presented a symbolic challenge coin to each law enforcement officer trained through the LEON program who has administered naloxone in an emergency situation, and a lapel pin to those officers who have provided five or more administrations, the HPD said. Pictured left to right: Patrol Lt. Jason Privette, Sgt. Riley Free, Chief Jerry Thompson. PHOTO COURTESY HARTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Author: Stephan Drew

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