Newburgh Police Lt. Tom Murphy helps save man’s life with Narcan kit
NEWBURGH - A Newburgh police lieutenant helped save a man’s life at the Newburgh Public Library Monday by using Narcan, the antidote for heroin overdoses.
Less than an hour after he sat in two-hour training on how to administer the anti-opiate overdose drug, Lt. Tom Murphy had to put that training to the test.
Murphy and his partner were called to the local library because a 25-year-old man had overdosed in the bathroom.
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He laid the man on the floor and pulled out his Narcan package. He sprayed the drug up the man's nose and within minutes the victim was revived.
Murphy, a 17-year veteran of the department, says he's seen firsthand results of the heroin epidemic. He says it feels good knowing officers are now armed with a tool that can help them help the community.
“I think it’s going to help save lives,” he told News 12.