Officer performs CPR, revives South Haven woman
March 31, 2014 • Times Staff
SOUTH HAVEN | For the second time in a week, life-saving
measures initiated by a Porter County sheriff’s deputy
revived an unresponsive patient.
Police said a 35-year-old woman apparently took
medication Saturday night prescribed for her terminally
ill grandmother and stopped breathing.
Cpl. William Knapp performed CPR on the woman who was
turning blue. After about 45 chest compressions the
woman started gasping for air.
Police said paramedics administered Narcan to the woman,
which caused her to become awake and alert.
Police and medics were called about 6:20 p.m. Saturday
to the 800 block of Baltimore Road by a friend who
arrived at the apartment, found the door open and the
woman inside, slumped in a chair.
The friend told police she tried to administer CPR at
the direction of police dispatcher, but it was not
Police said the woman was interviewed later at Porter
Regional Hospital and told Knapp her grandmother was
terminally ill with cancer and was in the hospital.
Her grandmother had received medication from the
Visiting Nurse Association with included morphine,
Lorazepam and Halperidol, police said. The woman told
police she had taken some of the medication intended for
her grandmother so she could relax.
Police are requesting prosecutors charge the woman with
felony theft for taking her grandmother’s medication.
On Wednesday, Sgt. Jeremy Chavez performed first aid on
a choking infant, reviving a 21-month-old girl who had