Sheriff K.C. Bohrer handed out the third Life-Saving award in 18 months to a member of his department last Wednesday, June 27. The presentation was made during a Morgan County Commission meeting.
The award went to Sgt. Wade Shambaugh for his response to a May 22 call in the area of River Road in which an individual had overdosed on drugs. He was first on the scene ahead of EMS and administered Narcan, reviving the individual who had overdosed.
“It was not his call, not our call, but an EMS call,” said Bohrer.
Former deputy and off-duty EMS responder Cliff Cobern also came upon the scene and assisted with the individual.
It was the first time a member of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department had used the overdose reversal drug on duty. Deputies were trained on how to administer the drug and began carrying it last year.
“It’s a life-saving drug that did what it was supposed to do,” said Bohrer during the presentation.
Rev. Jack Hiles, on behalf of the Life or Drugs group, also presented Sgt. Shambaugh with a certificate of appreciation.
Sheriff Bohrer said he will award a fourth Life Saving award to Lt. Seth Place for his actions assisting a choking child at the Berkeley Springs State Park on June 23 during an addiction awareness event.