NEW LLANO – The Town of New Llano took time out of its monthly meeting to recognize a man who saved the life of a New Llano woman following an overdose.
J.R. Harrison, a former Vernon Parish firefighter and paramedic in southern Indiana, used his training and the appropriate medication to help keep the woman alive.
"Anybody in that situation that recognized it, should and would have taken action," he said. "If I wouldn't have done what I did, she wouldn't be here today.
"(New Llano Mayor Denis Jordan) told me to just be at the meeting. I didn't know why."
While driving through the neighborhood, Harrison heard screaming around 11 p.m. on Harper Street. He stopped and ran to the scene where he found a woman on porch unconscious and not breathing.
Harrison could tell it was an overdose and found out from the father it was Fentanyl – a powerful opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than Morphine.
He then ran to his truck and got four milligrams of Narcan to administer to the woman.
Harrison started mouth-to-mouth, without a barrier, and by the time the New Llano Police and Fire Departments arrived, she took a deep breath and was even able to walk to the ambulance.
"There is no doubt in my mind that if I didn't administer Narcan when I did, she would be dead," Harrison said. "The paramedics even said that.
"I had eight milligrams on me. It is that new stuff anybody can go get. I'm actually working on a pilot program with New Llano to get some this Narcan for first responders."