William Wages–Ethan Rostvedt–Ryan Summers and Connor Kircher.
These four men, all help protect and serve.
But it was a moment, where they went above and beyond, that has them receiving a special honor from the Highway Patrol.
In November 2018, US Air Force Master Sergeant, William Wages, was shopping at a gas station on Highway-2 between Minot and Surrey when he heard someone outside ask for help.
Luckily, a highway patrol trooper was close by and able to assist.
“I was less than a mile from the location, so I responded and observed airman Wages performing CPR on the individual, so I relieved him at that time and provided more CPR,” said Ethan Rostvedt, North Dakota highway patrol state trooper.
Surrey Police Officer Connor Kircher and Ward County Deputy Ryan Summers then became involved.
They noticed something in the man’s car and realized they had to act differently to save his life.
“When I walked up, I noticed what looked like some drug paraphernalia on the driver’s seat of the vehicle that he had been pulled out of,” said Summers, Ward County patrol deputy.
That’s when the group, administered Narcan. Narcan is used to help revive someone if they have overdosed.
“Not only protect other people but protect themselves. If you come in contact with fentanyl, it’s extremely dangerous and extremely deadly and you can overdose in a matter of seconds of coming in contact with it,” said Summers.
In 2017, there were 35 reported North Dakota overdose deaths involving opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“Everyone has people that care about them. Everyone has a mom, everyone has a dad, everyone-not everyone, but a lot of people have children, they have significant others, friends. And for anyone to pass away from something like a drug overdose, it affects all those people, so ultimately, at the end of the day, what we want is everyone, everybody to go home to their family and the ones that care about them,” Summers added.
These men were lucky enough to administer the drug quickly enough to save a life—they received the Colonel’s Award of Excellence for their efforts.