MARINETTE—For the second consecutive month a Marinette County Sheriff’s deputy was presented with a Life-Saving Award.
Sheriff Jerry Sauve made the presentation at Tuesday’s County Board meeting to Deputy Charles Haws, who earlier this year saved the life of a man who was nearly dead from a drug overdose.
Last month, Deputy David Oginski was recognized for also saving a drug overdose victim.
Sauve explained why Haws received the award. He said on Jan. 24, on a cold and snowy day, there were several 911 calls of someone who was driving their vehicle very poorly on Airport Road near Crivitz. He said another call came in from someone who said the vehicle had stopped.
“He responded quickly—nine minutes,” Sauve said of Haws. “He assessed it very quickly. (He) was resourceful. The gentleman was slumped over the wheel. The vehicle was running—still in gear—foot on the brake.”
Sauve said Haws needed to get inside the locked vehicle so he looked for something, anything, to smash a window. Haws had already broken his baton trying to break a window and there was no tire iron to be found inside a vehicle that had stopped, the sheriff said, so Haws found a ball peen hammer and thought “that will work.”
“The ball peen hammer worked,” Sauve said. “He got in the vehicle, took this guy from the steering wheel—he was already stiff. He noticed the signs of opioid use. Sized it up quickly. Had his Narcan handy. The gentleman had just enough respiration, as shallow as they were, to take in two doses that Deputy Haws administered.”
The sheriff said rescue workers then arrived.
Narcan is the brand name for naloxone and it is a nasal spray used for the treatment of a suspected opioid overdose emergency with signs of breathing problems.
Sauve said the subject, once revived, became very uncooperative despite getting his life saved.
“That’s our work and that’s how it goes sometimes,” Sauve said. “Very professional actions (by Haws).”
Supervisor Gail Wanek asked if it’s common for someone who is revived by Narcan to be uncooperative.
“You just don’t know,” Sauve said. “They can be somewhat cooperative, but often they come up swinging.”
Haws agreed, stating, “Often they are agitated because you took away their high.”
Sauve read a letter that will go in Haws’ file outlining how he saved the man’s life.
When asked if he wanted to say anything, Haws simply replied, “I just want to say thank you.”
In another matter, County Administrator John Lefebvre said on Monday he attended the Niagara City Council meeting, which was the last directed by longtime Mayor George Bousley, also a former county supervisor and board chairman.
“I had the pleasure and the honor to present Mayor Bousley with a street sign in his name,” Lefebvre said. He said the council agreed to rename a portion of Tyler Road to Bousley Parkway.