Minutes matter when a life is on the line, and on an October morning last year, Ofc. Daniel Homm with the Exeter Township Police Department was out the door in seconds.
"I remembered getting called to an opioid overdose," Homm recalled. "There were two young children."
Their mother was unconscious on the floor. Her young son is the one who made the call.
"When I got there, she was just lying in the dining room, just lying on the floor stiff as a board," Homm said. "She was still breathing but unresponsive to anything else. I administered the Narcan and she sat right up. I've never seen it act as fast as it did that day."
Oftentimes, that is where the story ends, but not this one.
"I met Ofc. Homm. Typically, I would reach out to the Exeter Police Department and ask if there was an officer available to go out on a visit with me and Ofc. Homm was always the individual who volunteered to go out on these visits," said Brian Kammerer, a drug and alcohol program specialist with the Council on Chemical Abuse. "His enthusiasm and understanding of the issue, his empathy for these folks struggling with substance abuse disorder was apparent right away, and this is somebody who obviously cared about and wanted to participate."
Day after day, Homm shows up not only at work but at front doors, giving those he saved another shot at life.
Through a program known as Blue CARES, an officer and a counselor from the Council on Chemical Abuse go back to the homes of overdose survivors to offer treatment and to let them know they matter, just like the minutes. It's a lot like saving a life all over again.