Updated: August 05, 2020 06:45 PM
Created: August 05, 2020 06:30 PM
LATHAM - Trooper Kyle Parkes has been with state police for eight years.
He got a call Friday for an overdose at the Cumberland Farms on Maple Avenue in Wilton.
He rushed there. No one at the store knew about the call, but he didn't give up.
He kept searching until he found the woman.
"The clerk didn't know anything about it. I circled around the parking lot, didn't see anything matching the description. Behind one of the trucks on the left-hand side of the parking lot, I found a car with a young lady passed out in it," said Trooper Parkes.
She had no pulse and was not breathing, covered in sweat, and eyes rolled back.
Trooper Parkes was soon joined by Trooper Taylor Salaway.
He gave the woman two doses of Narcan, and then went to get more.
"After I ran back to my car, I came back with the other set of Narcan, and Trooper Salaway had looked at me and said that she became responsive and said 'I'm good, I'm good,'" he said.
Trooper Parkes saved a life Friday. It's actually the second life he's saved.
"I became a trooper because I enjoyed helping people. It's always been a passion of mine since I was a child in elementary school. I've always wanted to be a police officer."
Several communities have reported a spike in overdoses recently, as the pandemic has disrupted many health and support services.
Members of Troop G Zone Two have administered Narcan 11 times so far this year.
NewsChannel 13 heard about this rescue from a witness who wanted to recognize the actions of the officer, and said he saw the trooper run across the parking lot for another person "like his life depended on it."
Parkes didn't give up -- and saved a life.
Perhaps for him, though, the greatest praise comes from his own children, who call him their hero.
#firston13: NYS Trooper Kyle Parkes is being credited with saving a woman's life on Friday in Wilton. He got a call about an overdose & searched for her until he found her in a parked car behind a big truck. He brought her back w Narcan. Hear from him at 5 & 6 on Channel 13. pic.twitter.com/J4mZlcqnqr— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) August 5, 2020
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