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Clayton Officers Receive Lifesaving Award


Two Clayton Police officers credited with saving the life of a local man were recognized Monday, Feb. 15, during the regular meeting of the Town Council.

Acting Police Chief Greg Tart awarded Officers Chad Mallett and Carlos Lerma with a Life Saving Award for their part in reviving a man at the scene of an apparent overdose. Both officers have been with the department since 2019.

On Friday, Jan 22, Officers Mallett and Lerma responded to a report of an unresponsive male and possible overdose at a residence on N. Smith Street. They were the first to arrive at the scene and found a woman attempting chest compressions on the victim. Officer Lerma immediately took over and continued CPR, while Officer Mallett retrieved Narcan from his patrol car and administered a dose to the victim.

When other emergency services, including Clayton Fire Department and Johnston County EMS, arrived at the scene to take over the rescue efforts, the victim had a pulse. Shortly after, he regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.

“The men and women of the Clayton Police Department take pride and compassion in what they do and go into every situation hoping to leave it with a positive outcome or result. By the nature of what we do, that’s not always possible,” Tart said. “These men and women do great work every day. Most of the time you never hear about it; many times you hear about the negatives. But I can assure you that the positives outweigh any negatives we may have.”

Clayton Police started carrying Narcan in their patrol cars in 2016 and officers are trained in how to administer the drug to overdose victims.

Chief Tart noted that the response to this call was a team effort with CPD, CFD and Johnston County EMS working together on the scene. “And that’s how it should be,” he said.

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