2 Rockland dispatchers hailed as heroes for efforts to save 2 lives on back-to-back calls

A pair of Rockland dispatchers is being credited for their lifesaving efforts after helping to save two lives on back-to-back calls.

News 12 Staff

Jun 18, 2020, 9:39 PM

Updated 1,432 days ago

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A pair of Rockland dispatchers is being credited for their lifesaving efforts after helping to save two lives on back-to-back calls.
The two 911 calls were taken on the same 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. shift in Rockland.
Radio operator Brendan Fridhandler answered a call on Wednesday from someone who said they thought their friend overdosed. His co-worker Johnathan Oyer handled a similar emergency.
“It was the father calling for his son, found in the bathroom unconscious," says Oyer.
Both calls came in to Rockland 911 as apparent overdoses on Wednesday, prompting the dispatchers to put their training in action.
Both callers were able to administer lifesaving CPR until field responders could arrive, thanks to the instructions given by the dispatchers.
In both cases, the men were revived with Narcan and transported to the hospital.
Fridhandler and Oyer are now being recognized as "life savers" by the sheriff’s office, and say they hope both victims make the most of the second chance they’ve been given.
Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says Fridhandler and Oyer are among a team of highly trained emergency medical dispatchers who are making a difference for the residents of Rockland County.


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