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The Key West Citizen

Officer earns Life-Saving Award


Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg recently recognized the accomplishment of several KWPD officers with Lifesaving Awards, including recognition of Officer Matt Hansell.

On Jan. 28, Officer Hansell located a female who had been previously been reported as missing or endangered. The woman left a note to her family regarding her suicide and had taken several bottles of prescription medications from her home.

Officers had been searching several different locations for the woman and had not been able to find her. While officers searched the area of the last location for any potential clues or evidence, Officer Hansell doubled back to an overflow parking lot and located the woman inside her vehicle.

She was unresponsive and he immediately began administering life-saving techniques. The woman’s breathing was shallow, and Officer Hansel ascertained that she was suffering from an overdose. He used department-issued NARCAN and administered two doses, followed by several sternum rubs.

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