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Phone call from Connecticut saves woman's life in Tonawanda

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 15:35:19-05

A phone call from hundreds of miles away likely saved the life of a woman in Tonawanda who had overdosed on heroin, Tonawanda Police said. 

Police dispatch received a call from a woman in Connecticut at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday. The woman said she was talking to her 39 year-old sister on the phone when she noticed her sister "didn't sound right" before the phone dropped to the floor.

The caller knew her sister lived on Plymouth Drive in Tonawanda but did not know her house number. The woman did, however, know the name of her sister's boyfriend. Police put his name in the computer and got lucky. It turned out he had received a parking ticket on Plymouth Drive. That made it possible for police to pinpoint a house number.

When officers arrived, they found the caller's sister passed out in a back room with a weak pulse and shallow breathing. They determined she had been using heroin and administered naloxone. The woman became alert and admitted she had been snorting heroin, police said. She was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for further treatment.

Police called back the woman's sister in Connecticut to let her know that her call most likely saved her sister's life. 

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