Newport News man utilizes training to save overdose victim’s life

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WRIC) — A Newport News man was recently in the right place at the right time to save the life of another man who overdosed on heroin while driving.

“It felt like God had me in the right place at the right time,” Marlon Bacote told 8News affiliate WAVY in a recent interview.

The incident happened Thursday evening in the Newport News neighborhood where Bacote grew up.

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“There was a gentleman and his mother in the middle of the street and they were waving me down saying ‘He’s dead, he overdosed, please help!'” Bacote said.

They had already called 911 about the man who was found unresponsive behind the wheel of a car. He had rear-ended another vehicle.

Bacote said that when he approached the car, it was still running and in gear.

He took a close look and saw a needle stuck in the driver’s leg, with some blood in the syringe. He wasn’t surprised.

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“Heroin addicts like to see the blood go in and out. It’s part of the high,” he said.

Fortunately for the man in the car, Bacote is a drug recovery specialist. He had completed REVIVE training for overdose victims just two months ago. Preparation met opportunity.

“I ran to the car and got the Narcan bag,” Bacote said.

Narcan is a brand-name version of naloxone, a drug used as an antidote to opiates. It’s often used to bring people back who have overdosed.

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First, he began performing CPR, giving rescue breaths with a protective bag and then chest compressions.

As it turns out, the Narcan was unnecessary this time.

WAVY spoke with Alethea Lambert who coordinates REVIVE training for the Hampton-Newport News Community Services.

She’s glad to see the training is making a difference.

“It’s really great to know that a life has been saved or that someone is really utilizing the training,” Lambert told reporters.

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Bacote says the man didn’t say anything as EMTs walked him to the ambulance. He was treated, released, booked on drug and DUI charges and is now out on bond.

More importantly, he is still alive, thanks to the quick action taken by someone he never met.

“Having been experienced, that training allowed me to jump into action,” Bacote said. There was no hesitation.”

Lambert has said this before to her trainees, but now it has even more impact.

“Keep your eye open and keep your REVIVE kit handy. You never know when you’re gonna need it.”

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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