Last week, the Eugene Police Department had a visit from "Officer Jack," and although it appears he doesn't meet the age requirement to actually work there, we always appreciate the support and a friendly face at the department 🙂 ✌️💙
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MCSO knows that we have amazingly dedicated staff that perform lifesaving roles every day but in September, during a 24 hour period, MCSO Deputy Gerkman helped save the lives of 3 community members in completely separate events.
It all started about half way through his Friday afternoon shift. Deputy Gerkman was dispatched to a call near the Vista House of a young man with a gunshot wound. When he arrived, the 17 year old was bleeding heavily from the leg. Deputy Gerkman quickly applied a tourniquet to the community member's wound and it stopped the bleeding.
Other deputies on scene recounted the amount of blood on the ground indicated the victim probably would have died from blood loss if Deputy Gerkman would not have been able to stop the bleeding.
The next day, Deputy Gerkman was providing extra security at the Sam Barlow High School football game when a man fell to the ground near the ticket booth. Deputy Gerkman and Gresham Police Officer Sasser rushed over and began providing aid. Deputy Gerkman started chest compressions and Officer Sasser attached an AED. Gresham Fire arrived and took over for the first responders Gerkman and Sasser.
They were able to establish a pulse and the man started breathing on his own. Without the initial quick response of Deputy Gerkman and Officer Sasser, this story may have had a much more tragic ending.
Two hours after the life savings event at Sam Barlow, Deputy Gerkman assisted with a call of a man who had overdosed in his home. Deputy Gerkman responded with MCSO Deputy Shipley. The deputies grabbed Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, and raced inside the residence to find the man unconscious.
Deputy Shipley had the nasal form of Narcan and sprayed it into his nose. Within a few seconds, the man opened his eyes and started taking deep breaths. AMR and fire personnel arrived and escorted the man to the ambulance. Both Deputies arrived and provided first responder care to this man and probably saved his life.
We asked Deputy Gerkman what he thought about his 24 hour lifesaving marathon and he very humbly said,
"I work with professional dedicated first responders who would have done the same thing if they were in my shoes. We are a team and I'm just proud to have been able to help someone."
MCSO is blessed to have Deputy Gerkman and other first responders like him serving our great community.