Vienna police officer honored for saving overdose victim

VIENNA – Vienna police Sgt. Michael Sheehy was presented a certificate of recognition by Vienna Township trustees for saving a man’s life.

The high honor recognizes the outstanding police performance in saving a human life and display of conspicuous initiative and capability.

Sheehy was the first on the scene, ahead of emergency medical service, one evening when he found a 21-year-old man who overdosed inside a home.

Sheehy gave the man the opioid-reversal drug Narcan and noted the man wasn’t breathing, his heart rate was rapid and his lips were turning blue.

He said he found out later that the man was trying to commit suicide.

Police Chief Bob Ludt said Sheehy was briefly able to bring the man back and got him breathing on his own. He said the man was taken to Northside Medical Center, where he received treatment.

Ludt credits Sheehy’s quick action and thinking and training for the life-saving effort. He said the Narcan was made possible by a grant from the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Sheehy said he was simply doing his job.