Two Suffolk County police officers with training in tactical medical response saved a woman who overdosed on heroin in Hauppauge Friday, police said.

The MedCat (Medical Crisis Action Team) officers—Dennis Hendrickson and Kathy Cotter—responded to a call at a home on Wedgewood Drive at 2:30 p.m., police said, and found a man performing CPR on the 28-year-old woman while receiving instructions from a 911 operator.

The officers were able to regain an airway and administered an overdose antidote called Narcan, allowing the woman to regain respiration and consciousness, police said.

The unidentified woman was then taken to Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, police said.

The Medical Crisis Action Team was created in 2008 and consists of patrol officers with training in advanced life support and tactical medical response, police said. They also perform regular patrol duties.


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