Fentanyl is a drug often mixed with heroin by drug dealers. When it's inhaled or comes into contact with the skin, it can have an almost immediate, often deadly impact.
For law enforcement, including Wisconsin's State Patrol troopers, one of the risks of the job is stopping vehicles who occasionally also have drugs inside. That's another danger they face on our roadways everyday.
For State Trooper Alex Medina, a stop on the freeway to assist a Waukesha County Deputy resulted in an intervention which potentially saved her life.
Medina administered Narcan (an emergency treatment for exposure to deadly opioids) to the Deputy, after she exhibited signs of exposure. That effort may have saved her life.
He recognized the risks of his job and the challenges facing law enforcement today. "We were going to do everything we could, even though we were dealing with an opioid ovedose, there's no way we're going to let another officer die."
For his quick action and life-saving efforts, State Trooper Alex Medina is today's WTMJ Cares Salute to Service.
WTMJ Cares Salute to Service is presented by First Bank Financial Centre.