BATH – The heroic actions last month of two Steuben County deputies saved the life of an unresponsive 20-year-old male reportedly overdosing on alcohol, marijuana, Xanax, Roxicodone and Oxycodone . County Sheriff David Cole formally commended deputies Brooke Payne and Todd Terwilliger for their life-saving actions Monday at the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee meeting. Cole told the committee the two deputies responded to a report of a possible overdose Feb. 14 at 584 Victory Highway Road, Painted Post, and found a 20-year-old man unresponsive, without a pulse and turning purple. After calling 911, Payne began to administer CPR, and Terwilliger located the NARCAN kit and automated external defibulator (AED) in Payne’s vehicle, Cole said. While Payne was administering CPR, she was bitten on the top of her scalp by a Siberian Husky, which was pulled off by another person while she continued to resuscitate the victim, Cole reported.Terwilliger administered NARCAN to the victim, who revived in a combative state, was subdued and transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff’s report. The investigation into the incident showed the victim would have died from the alcohol-drugs combination, Cole said.
"Your actions, along with Corning Rural Metro, not only saved the life of a resident of Steuben County, but working as a team you were able to put into action your training and demonstrate the Sheriff’s Office ability to protect all citizens of Steuben County, even against themselves," Cole told the deputies Monday. "You are hereby commended for the outstanding example you set for the other members of the law enforcement community to look upon with great pride and admiration."