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Brunswick officers honored for saving lives after overdoses

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    Police Sgt. Greg Hayest, left, and Officer Stefan Karthan, second from left, receive a Life Saving Award at Monday night’s Brunswick City Council meeting.

    CINDY BREDA / GAZETTE

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Police Sgt. Greg Hayest, left, and Officer Stefan Karthan, second from left, receive a Life Saving Award at Monday night’s Brunswick City Council meeting.

CINDY BREDA / GAZETTE Enlarge

BRUNSWICK — Five police officers were recognized Monday night for their life-saving efforts.

On May 31 last year, officers Stefan Karthan, Ted Kiernozek and John Fink responded to a call regarding a 32-year-old man who had overdosed.

Multiple doses of naloxone were administered, Karthan said at Monday night’s City Council meeting where he received the city’s Life Saving Award.

Once the man came to, he became aggressive, Karthan said.

That’s par for the course,” he said. “We were able to calm the man down and get him into a rescue squad where he was taken to the hospital — and he lived.”

This is Karthan’s second Life Saving Award. He said he won his first one the year prior when he responded to an elderly woman going into diabetic shock while driving.

Sgt. Greg Hayest also received a Life Saving Award at the meeting.

Hayest and Officer Charles Weber responded to a call July 28 last year about a possible overdose. The two administered doses of naloxone and began CPR.

The man was transported to the hospital and survived.

Police Lt. Robert Safran said neither of the men would be alive today if it weren’t for the heroic efforts of the officers involved. He noted officers have been carrying naloxone for two years and saving lives with it.

Life Saving Award recipients Kiernozek, Fink and Weber were on duty Monday night and were unable to attend the presentation.

Contact reporter Cindy Breda at (330) 721-4012 or cbreda@medina-gazette.com.



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