Off-duty Lynchburg police officer helps save life of nonresponsive driver

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Photo: Courtesy Lynchburg Police Department Facebook)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Even when he’s off the clock, one Lynchburg law enforcement officer will still protect and serve when he sees a community member in need.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, Officer Donellan was picking up groceries on his day off last week when he saw two vehicles that were stopped in the middle of the road. After noticing that one of the drivers was nonresponsive and slumped over, Donellan grabbed his patrol gear.

The officer then used his training — as well as the Narcan provided by the Lynchburg Police Foundation — to perform lifesaving measures, including CPR, the department says.

In the end, the driver was revived and able to get the medical help they needed, according to police.

“Officer Donellan was not in uniform and he was not on duty, but he saw a citizen of Lynchburg in need and stepped up,” the Lynchburg Police Department wrote on Facebook on Friday, Dec. 17. “Officer Donellan is commended for his quick thinking, decisive actions, and selflessness.”

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