SPD, King County Bike Officers Work With Medics to Revive Man Following Overdose

SPD bike officers worked with a King County Sheriff’s Office bike squad and a team of Seattle Fire Department medics to revive a man after he was found overdosing in a downtown alleyway Monday evening.

Just before 4:30 PM, police received a report of a man overdosing in an alley in the 200 block of Pike Street.

Officers Scott Luckie, Michael Eastman and Brian Rees met King County Metro bike officers, and joined them in moving the man to flat ground so they could begin lifesaving measures. The man was unconscious and his breathing was strained. He had a belt tied around his arm and needles were scattered on the ground.

King County officers began CPR and SPD Officer Rees administered a dose of naloxone. SFD arrived and took over treatment, and the man regained consciousness a short time later. He was taken to Harborview for further treatment.

This incident marks the 21st time officers have used Naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March 2016. Officers previously revived the same man in April with the help of naloxone. The case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.

As a reminder, Washington  law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.