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Lifesaving Saratoga County deputies honored


Lifesaving Saratoga County deputies honored

Four Saratoga County sheriff's deputies were recognized today for recent actions they took that save
Lifesaving Saratoga County deputies honored
Deputy Dana Mullen, Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Deputy David Zecca, Deputy Steven Willetts and Deputy Michael Zocco at an awards ceremony in Ballston Spa, Jan. 12, 2016.
Photographer: Stephen Williams/Gazette reporter

Four Saratoga County sheriff's deputies were recognized today for recent actions they took that saved lives.

The incidents that occurred in November and December included using Narcan to reverse a drug overdose, and providing medical assistance that probably saved the life of a man who had stabbed himself in Wilton on the day after Thanksgiving.

Deputies Dana L. Mullen, Steven E. Willetts, David P. Zecca and Michael A. Zocco received the sheriff's Lifesaving Award from Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo. In addition, Mullen received a second Lifesaving Awards, and also received a Samaritan Award for having stayed on the scene of the stabbing incident to clean the scene before young children living in the household awoke.

"It took awhile, but it's good I could be there," said Mullen, which has worked for the sheriff's department since 2003, and said she thought of her own young children and how they might have reacted.

As recounted by Chief Deputy Richard Castle, Mullen and Zecca responded in the early hours of Nov. 27 to a call about an attempted suicide in Wilton. Mullen arrived initially to find a 37-year-old man bleeding profusely from a self-inflicted stab wound in the neck. She used a "quick clot kit" deputies are issued and direct pressure to stop the bleeding until an ambulance crew arrived.

The man was taken to Albany Medical Center by helicopter, where he underwent extensive treatment but was eventually released, Castle said. Mullen then stayed to clean the kitchen where the stabbing took place, a scene Castledescribed as "horrific."

The stories behind the other Lifesaving Awards:

• On Nov. 10, 2015, Deputy Zocco responded to reports of an attempted suicide in Ballston, and located the victim in a car parked off Outlet Road, with empty pill bottles around. Zocco kept the woman's airway open until medical help arrived.

• On Nov. 23, 2015, Deputy Mullen responded to an accidental overdose call in Moreau and used the Narcan carried by all deputies to reverse the effect of the unknown narcotic the victim had taken. The victim regained consciousness and was taken to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment.

• On Dec. 30,2 2015, Deputy Willetts responded to a cardiac arrest call in Milton, and as the first on the scene used a defibrillator to restore the 61-year-old patient's pulse before emergency medical personnel arrived.

Dr. Michael Dailey, chief of pre-admission medicine at Albany Medical Center Hospital, said all the actions taken by deputies saved lives. "Without their actions, these individuals would not have survived," Dailey said after the recognition ceremony in the county boardroom in Ballston Spa.

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