Two Bike Officers Save Man’s Life

A 25-year-old man is alive today thanks to the efforts of two West Precinct bicycle officers yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, at around 4:40 pm, two officers assigned to bicycle patrol were in the area of 7th Avenue South and South Main Street.  They saw a man laying on the ground underneath Interstate 5.  As they approached him they saw that he was unconscious and unresponsive.  The officers immediately assesed the man for any trauma and placed him in the “recovery position”, something they learned from their first aid training.

While they were doing this the man stopped breathing and the officers could no longer feel a pulse.  One of the officers immediately began CPR while his partner called for the Seattle Fire Department to respond.  The officers maintained CPR until the medics arrived.  The medics were able to get the man breathing on his own and have a steady pulse before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center.  According to the medics, it appeared that this was a case of drug overdose, but they expected the man to make a full recovery.