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January 3, 2018
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Saving Lives
Officers rescue woman from burning home
Silver, Meyer recommended for life-saving award

Two Bartlesville Police Department officers have been recommended for the department’s prestigious life-saving award for their role in saving a woman’s life during a house fire last week.

On Dec. 28, 2017, Adam Shift officers Steven Silver and Brandon Meyer responded to a fire in the 1900 block of Southwest Keeler Avenue. The officers, who arrived ahead of firefighters and EMS personnel, determined that one person inside the home had gotten out safely but that another, a female resident, was trapped inside.

“Officers Silver and Meyer entered the smoke-filled house immediately, and quickly found the trapped female resident down inside the house and unresponsive,” said BPD Public Information Officer Capt. Jay Hastings. “The officers worked together and dragged the woman to safety outside the burning house. They were able to get her to her feet and walk her to a patrol unit to get her out of the cold and wait on fire and EMS to arrive.”

Hastings said the woman suffered some second-degree burns and severe smoke inhalation.

“She was eventually transferred to a Tulsa hospital for further treatment, but she should survive — thanks to the heroic efforts of officers Silver and Meyer,” Hastings said.

Both officers were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and sent to the emergency room for further treatment, where they were quickly released.

“They were released back to full duty and returned to service to finish out their shift,” Hastings said.

“I am most appreciative of the two Bartlesville police officers who risked their own lives to save the victim of a house fire,” said Police Chief Tom Holland. “It is an honor to serve with officers of this caliber.”

Photo: Police officers Brandon Meyer, left, and Steven Silver have been recommended for the police department's life-saving award for helping a local woman to safety during a house fire on Dec. 28, 2017.
BPD officers save lives using NARCAN
Bartlesville Police Department Adam Shift officers are being credited with saving the lives of two local residents by applying NARCAN — a life-saving rescue drug that voids the effects of opioid-based drugs in the body — in two separate incidents occurring over the Christmas holiday weekend.

BPD officers were equipped with naloxone kits, commonly referred to as NARCAN, in October and have since used the drug twice with a life-saving effect, police officials said this week.

“Officers on Adam Shift encountered two separate incidents over the Christmas holiday weekend where overdose victims’ lives were saved through the efforts of BPD personnel,” said BPD Capt. Rocky Bevard. “In both incidents, NARCAN kits were deployed as well as other life-saving first aid provided by BPD officers.”

BPD Public Information Officer Capt. Jay Hastings said the first incident occurred on Dec. 23, 2017, when a man was reported to police to be bleeding from the wrist in the back yard of a Bartlesville residence.

Officers Cody Lemons and Tyler Lee responded, found the man and applied a tourniquet. The man, who was unconscious, began to shake "as if he were seizing," reports show. At that time Lee administered NARCAN.

“The victim regained consciousness soon after and was transported to the emergency room for treatment,” Hastings said.

The second incident occurred on Dec. 25, 2017 — Christmas Day — when officers William Lewis and Josh Newell administered two 0.4 mg. doses of NARCAN and did chest compressions on a local man who had fallen to the floor at a party.

“Officers were dispatched to a residence in Bartlesville following a report from others at the party that he had collapsed,” Hastings said. “Officers Lewis and Newell found the man lying on the concrete floor of the garage. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse, his skin was pale and he was bleeding from a head injury from where he had fallen.”

According to witnesses, the man was known to have previous issues with substance abuse.

“Officer Lewis administered the first dose of NARCAN, which had no noticeable effect, so he began to administer chest compressions,” Hastings said. “Officer Lewis heard air attempting to exit the man’s airway, but it appeared to be obstructed. The officers checked the man’s airway and realized his tongue, which was extremely swollen, was blocking the airway, so they adjusted his head and resumed the chest compressions.”

Hastings said it was during the second set of compressions that the officers felt a heartbeat and the man began to gag.

“Officer Lewis discontinued chest compressions at that time but resumed them when the man stopped breathing again,” Hastings said.

Ambulance Service personnel soon arrived and administered another dose of NARCAN, at which time the victim began to breathe normally.

“After a few minutes he was able to sit up and speak, though he was unsure what had happened to him,” Hastings said of the victim.

Hastings said the emergency room physician on duty contacted Adam Shift Lt. Rob Fouts to commend the officers for their actions.

“The doctor explained that there is absolutely no doubt that had officers Lewis and Newell not taken the actions they did, the victim would be dead,” Hastings said.

Chief of Police Tom Holland said the officers involved will officially be recognized for their acts of heroism at a later date.

“I could not be more proud of the actions of these officers,” Holland said. “The fact that people are alive and recovering is testimony to the heroism of our officers.”
Council Action
Interviews planned for Ward 5 candidates

Several applicants have expressed interest in the temporary appointment to the recently vacated Ward 5 seat on the Bartlesville City Council. The seat became vacant after former councilor Dr. Joseph Callahan relocated to another state for an employment opportunity.

Several weeks ago the council announced that an interested Ward 5 resident would be appointed to fulfill Callahan's unexpired term, which ends in November 2018, when all five council ward seats are subject to election. Interested parties were asked to send letters of interest and resumes to the City Manager's Office. Seven Ward 5 residents responded.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to receive the applications. Interviews will be conducted in the coming weeks and an appointment will be announced during a meeting in February.

Applicants for the position are Gary Collins, Janice P. Dreiling, Steven C. Staley, Trevor Dorsey, Don Pyles, Nicholas Allgood and Jim Barnes.
Playground equipment for parks gets bid OK

The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to award a contract to purchase playground equipment for four City-owned parks to ACS Playground Adventures of Oklahoma City.

The new equipment will be installed in Sooner, Johnstone, Robinwood and Douglass parks in Bartlesville. It is anticipated the project will be completed this spring.

The budgeted amount for the project is $432,500. The contract was awarded for $432,100 to ACS.

The equipment will serve ages 2-5 and 5-12 in Sooner and Johnstone parks, and ages 2-5 in Robinwood and Douglass parks.

Funding for the equipment will come from two previous General Obligation Bond issues, approved by voters in 2014 and 2017.

See more information about this project in next week's edition of City Beat.
Job well done

The Bartlesville City Council officially recognized supervisor Craig Gordineer, left, and sanitation collectors Nathan Williams, second from left, and Brandon Lopez, right, for their work in returning a box found in the city's trash system that contained a man's remains to his family members. Members of the man's family wrote to city officials recently to commend all three. Gordineer, Williams and Lopez were presented with a certificate of appreciation by Mayor Dale Copeland during a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

News & Updates
Free Christmas tree mulching available at Sooner Park

The City of Bartlesville is offering free Christmas tree mulching at the upper level parking lot of Sooner Park.

Undecorated trees may be dropped off at the designated fenced area, located just east of Madison Boulevard. Trees will be accepted until Jan. 22, 2018, and mulch will be made available to the public.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 918.338.4154.
Johnstone Park to open January 14

Johnstone Park has been closed to accommodate the annual Fantasyland of Lights display, sponsored by Daybreak Rotary. The display ended Dec. 30.

The park will re-open after the display is removed, on Jan. 14.
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