Newport Police Officer Awarded Life Saving Medal – and Chief Murphy takes another shot at a new fire boat for Yaquina Bay
At a recent Newport City Council meeting, Newport Police Chief Jason Malloy awarded Newport Police Officer Samuel Clark with the Newport Police Department Life Saving Medal.
Officer Clark was dispatched to an apartment in Newport last August 17th on a report that a woman was passed out and possibly not breathing at an apartment on NW Oceanview Drive – the victim of a heroin overdose.
When Officer Clark arrived he found the woman on the floor not breathing. He immediately administered the drug Narcan and began CPR while Newport Fire Rescue paramedics raced to the scene. Chief Malloy said Officer Clark partially revived the victim, but she stopped breathing again. So he continued CPR until her breathing resumed. Soon he turned the rescue over to the paramedics who arrived on scene.
Chief Malloy said the woman was stabilized and rushed to the hospital in Newport where she was treated for the heroin overdose. Chief Malloy awarded Officer Clark with the Newport Police Department Life Saving Medal as well as a ribbon commemorating his valiant effort that saved the young woman’s life.
In other council action, Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy was asked by the council to re-apply for a large grant to secure the purchase of a fire fighting boat to fight fires that occasionally break out along Yaquina Bay and river.
Chief Murphy told the council that the expensive floating fireboat protects not only the boats and ships that ply the waters of the Yaquina River, but also the docks and exposed buildings that line the bay and the river.
Chief Murphy said the city’s initial application for the grant was deemed by the state as coming from a small water port that didn’t really need a fire boat and so they turned down the grant request. But based on a reassessment of fire risk along the north and south shores of the port, the city council encouraged Chief Murphy to sharpen his pencil and outline the fire liabilities the bay and river do in fact have, and then re-submit the application.
Chief Murphy agreed and said he’d get right on it.