Three local men, including off duty officer, save man from drug overdose

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The Winnebago County Coroner is thanking three men, including one of his own employees, for saving someone from a drug overdose Monday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., Deputy Coroner Al Winstead and his son, Forrest, were driving when they came across a one-car crash at S. Main and IL Route 2. As Deputy Coroner Winstead approached the car, an off duty Belvidere Police officer, Sgt. Marty Gorsuch, also stopped to assist.

The men recognized symptoms from the unresponsive driver, who was not breathing and had a faint heart beat, as indications of a drug overdose. Deputy Coroner Winstead, who carries Narcan with him, as is standard procedure for Coroner’s Office officials, with the help of Sgt. Gorsuch, administered two doses to the driver.

When medical personnel arrived, the driver was alert, breathing on his own and talking.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz said:

I want to acknowledge and thank Al, Forrest and Sgt. Gorsuch for their quick actions and teamwork that led to a positive outcome for the driver. It is citizens like all of you that make our community a great place to live.

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