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Life Saving Incident

February 8, 2023
Tulsa County

The Tulsa Fire Department (TFD) recognized Tulsa Police Officer Cody Riley for his efforts during a 9-1-1 call. When firefighters arrived on the scene, Riley was performing CPR on a woman who had overdosed on fentanyl. “It was my first call out of the gate,” Riley later said. “It was an overdose call. The notes indicated that fentanyl was involved in this case - a pretty common call these days.” Riley explained that typically, EMS and TFD handle medical calls. But he just happened to be close by when the 9-1-1 call came in. “You come to work every day, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “We go to a lot of overdose calls, and usually fire and EMS are the rock stars there. But I was right around the corner and got there quicker. And I got to be a part of it. And being a part of saving that life feels pretty good.” TFD said Riley’s efforts saved her life. The department presented him with the Life Saving Award Wednesday. Tulsa Fire Lt. Trent Morris presented Riley with the award. He told FOX23 his quick actions deserved recognition. “It ultimately saved this young lady’s life,” Morris said. “I just felt in my heart he deserved that recognition.” Both Tulsa Police and TFD said CPR is crucial in saving lives.“CPR is the number one life saver,” Morris said. “Everyone should know how to do chest compression's. And keep someone alive until we can get there and give them the help they need,” Riley said.

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