A Fryeburg police officer is being credited with saving the life of a New Hampshire man who had overdosed on opiates early Sunday morning.

Police Chief Joshua Potvin said Officer Kevin Davis responded to a call for help around 3 a.m. from the occupants of a home on Leach Road.

Davis found a 29-year-old man who was not breathing and had a weak pulse. His girlfriend performed CPR unsuccessfully. The couple had been house-sitting.

Davis determined that the man had overdosed and administered Narcan. He also did chest compressions and provided oxygen while waiting for rescue personnel to arrive. After 10 minutes the man regained consciousness. He is in stable condition.

“This is the first administration of Narcan by my officers since we started carrying the drug one month ago,” Potvin said in a statement. “If not for the swift response and actions of my officer, I am confident the outcome would not have been the same.”

“The patient now has a second chance at life and we hope he gets the help he needs to recover from his addiction,” the chief added.

Fryeburg’s Board of Selectmen authorized officers to administer Narcan last month.

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