The Pryor Times

July 31, 2013

LG Police Officer helps save a life

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— A quiet shift ended with lifesaving measures for Locust Grove Police Officer Thomas Fisher.

Fisher works the overnight shift, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“It was Sunday, around 4:30 a.m., just an hour and a half  before the end of my shift,” Fisher began. “I was out patrolling and saw a blue Nissan 350Z parked on the east side of Willards Day and Night Grocery.”

Fisher said he was instantly suspicious, as the employees do not typically come in that early or park on that side of the building. As Fisher pulled into the parking lot behind the vehicle, it sped off down the street. The driver of the vehicle was speeding at least 10 mph over the limit and swerving all over the road. Fisher pulled the vehicle over a few blocks away.

“As I approached the vehicle I saw a male driver, sweating profusely and crying and saying 'you've got to help her, she's not breathing,'” said Fisher.

Fisher saw a female in the vehicle struggling to breathe. Fisher quickly ascertained from her boyfriend that she had consumed a little alcohol and she had been unconscious about 15 minutes. While a Mayes Emergency Trust Authority ambulance and Locust Grove Fire Department was on the way, Fisher checked her airway, nostrils and pupils.

“I did a sternum rub and there was absolutely no response,” said Fisher. “I could tell it wasn't just alcohol. I removed her from the vehicle and kept checking her airway.”

He said the girl's breathing was becoming more labored and she had nearly quit breathing about the time that medical assistance arrived.

Lifeflight was requested to transport the girl, but because of the rain she was transported by ambulance to a Tulsa hospital.

“They were having to use a breathing tube to breathe for her at that point,” said Fisher. “She was put on life support once she got to the hospital.

“I ran the boyfriend through every sobriety test I know, just to be sure, and he came out clean. He was in a panic, he didn't know what the girl had taken and said his plan was just to drive her home to Tahlequah,” said Fisher.

Doctors told the girl's mother she had K2 in her system and that her body had gone into anaphylactic shock.

“The girl's mom called to thank me and told me the doctors said another 10 minutes and she wouldn't have made it. She definitely wouldn't have made it home to Tahlequah,” said Fisher.

Law enforcement agencies all across the county are cracking down on synthetic marijuana use as reactions to it are unpredictable and deadly.

“I really don't understand why people take this 50/50 chance on death just for a 10-minute high,” said Fisher. “But I'm very glad the girl is OK.”