Police honor boy, 2, for helping officer save overdose victim
A Pennsylvania officer is crediting a sharp and curious 2-year-old boy for helping him save an overdose victim’s life
By PoliceOne Staff
COATSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania officer is crediting a sharp and curious 2-year-old boy for helping him save an overdose victim’s life.
On Tuesday, Odale Gilliam, mother of 2-year-old Amari, was alerted by her son, who was near a window, about a man passed out outside their home, FOX 29 reports.
"I pulled the blinds down and he kept pulling them up so I'm like what could be keeping him looking out the window? I saw a gentleman he was just slumped beside his vehicle and that's when I just dialed 911," she said.
Coatesville PD Officer Ed Batykefer arrived on the scene to check on the man who showed signs of an opioid overdose. The officer administered Narcan and revived the man.
Batykefer credited Amari for his help in giving the man a second chance at life, saying the young boy “is a hero in my view.” For his heroic efforts, Amari received a badge and a $10 certificate from the department to start a savings account at a local bank.
"I keep little plastic junior police badges in my car that I purchase and when I see a kid doing a good thing or something like that, just to keep the relations going, I like to give them out," Batykefer said.
The boy’s mother said she can’t wait to explain to her son how he helped police save a man’s life when he gets older.
“That badge that they gave him yesterday and that certificate to open his first account at the Coatesville Savings Bank, it means a lot,” she said.