News crew preparing for segment saves overdose victim's life

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Posted: Jun 25, 2015 9:16 AM

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police are crediting a Pittsburgh TV news crew with saving the life of an overdose victim by calling 911 and performing CPR on him before emergency responders could arrive.

WPXI-TV (http://bit.ly/1QRyJwK ) says photographer Dave Clark was getting ready for a news segment with reporter Cara Sapida (sah-PY'-dah) on Wednesday in Washington, Pennsylvania, when Clark saw the man slumped over in a vehicle, not breathing.

Clark performed CPR while Sapida called 911.

Clark says he was thinking, "OK, if we can just keep a pulse going till the paramedics get here, we'll be cool."

Police Chief Chris Lupino says officers took over CPR when they arrived, and paramedics revived the man with the overdose antidote Narcan.

Officer Matt Karlowsky tells WPXI, "He probably would have died if your crew wasn't there."

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Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com