Sat Jun 19, 2021

Columbus deputies credited with saving man’s life 

Deputy Jonathan DiCicco (seated) and Deputy Michael Kellihan of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. CCSO photo.
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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is crediting two of its deputies with saving a man’s life earlier this week.

The CCSO Heavy Enforcement Action Team was traveling on Andrew Jackson Highway Southwest Monday when they saw people gathered around a man on the side of the road. Deputies  Jonathan DiCicco and Michael Kellihan got out of their vehicles and saw an unresponsive man on the ground, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

“Deputy DiCicco administered a dose of Narcan. Deputy Kellihan administered a second dose of Narcan,” according to the news release. Narcan is medicine used to treat a known or suspected opioid overdose emergency. “CPR was performed. The male became semi-conscious and started breathing again.”

Deputies stayed with the man until Cerro Gordo Fire and Rescue arrived and took him to the hospital.

“Deputy DiCicco and Deputy Kellihan were at the right place at the right time. Their quick, lifesaving measures and immediate access to Narcan saved this man’s life,” the sheriff’s office said. “This incident could have easily been tragically different. Deputy DiCicco and Deputy Kellihan exemplify the virtues of a hero.”

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