Two Saved from Overdose by Off-Duty Douglas County Deputy

Photo: WOWT 6 News

(Omaha, NE) -- Two people were saved from overdose by an off-duty Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy last Wednesday.

27-year-old Daniel Eads was planning on enjoying an off-night with several friends, but plans quickly changed.

“A person came crying into the establishment and I asked him what was wrong,” Eads tells WOWT 6 News. “He said ‘I have two friends who were unconscious in the car.’ That’s when I knew immediately what it was gonna be.”

Eads recognized the two individuals had overdosed. He administered shots of Narcan from his personal vehicle on the two, as his O.P.D. friend called 911.

Both people who overdosed, recovered. For Eads, this wasn't the first time quick action was needed to save a life.

In April of 2018, he pulled a suicidal man away from the side of a bridge, as the man threatened to jump off. Eads says he's glad to help the community where he can.

”It’s our neighbors, it’s our friends, it’s everyone,” Eads said. “It doesn’t always have to be criminal. Whether or not we can get them help, or get them the help they need, that’s the only way this crisis ends with opioids.

More information on battling opioid abuse from the Douglas County Health Department can be found here.

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