Breaking News
More () »

'The right thing to do'; Metro Public Works employees save man's life while on the job

Sylvia Gardner and Jena McKinney quickly jumped into action to save the life of a young man who had overdosed on drugs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two Metro employees are being honored for their heroic actions after a routine day on the job took an unexpected turn.

Solid Waste Enforcement Officers Sylvia Gardner and Jena McKinney had just completed an installation of surveillance cameras and were driving down Dixie Highway, near the Gene Snyder, when they saw an unusual sight.

Several people were frantically waving for help as they pulled a young man from his car, suffering from an apparent drug overdose.

Gardner, who is a retired firefighter, and McKinney stopped and quickly jumped into action once they learned the man was not breathing and had no pulse, according to Metro Public Works spokesperson Salvador Melendez.

He said Gardner began CPR on the man and administered Narcan, which was provided by a bystander.

She said she had no hesitation in helping and did what she was trained to do.

"I look at it as that's someone else's family and it's the right thing to do if you've got the knowledge to use it," Gardner said.

RELATED: What is Narcan? FDA approves over-the-counter naloxone 

Brightview Health employees Sari Cason and Crystal Barajas also stopped to assist and provided additional Narcan. 

Together, the group worked to save the man's life.

After 10 minutes of CPR and six doses of Narcan, the man began breathing again and eventually regained consciousness. Melendez said after the man was revived, EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital.

"Had it not been for the actions of Sylvia Gardner with the assistance of Jen McKinney, Sari Cason and Crystal Barajas, things might have turned out differently," Melendez said.

Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users.

Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Before You Leave, Check This Out