SAN MARCOS, Calif. (BRPROUD) – This video “might save the life of your son, daughter, friend or loved one.”
Deputy David Faiivae is lucky to be alive after a harrowing experience with Fentanyl.
July 3 was like any other day for the San Marcos Sheriff’s deputy.
After getting ready, Deputy Faiivae started his patrol shift.
Little did the deputy know that the day before Independence Day would turn into “one of the worst days of his life after being exposed to Fentanyl.”
On their first radio call of the day, Deputy Faiivae processed drugs while at the scene of an arrest.
Corporal Scott Crane was with Deputy Faiivae and warned the trainee that he was too close to the drug.
Deputy Faiivae got a little too close to the Fentanyl and collapsed on the pavement.
The deputy was overdosing and needed help immediately.
Corporal Scott Crane used one Narcan Nasal Spray in each nostril.
Corporal Crane then took off Deputy Faiivae’s bulletproof vest so he could try to breathe better at that moment.
Deputy Faiivae can be heard saying that he was sorry for what happened at the scene.
More Narcan was administered to the deputy and he was transported to the hospital.
Deputy Faiivae was overdosing on the entire ride to the hospital.
Deputy Faiivae would recover thanks to the efforts his co-workers and the local fire department.
San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore points out that Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin.
“Fentanyl overdoses are on the rise throughout our county,” said Sheriff Bill Gore in the public safety video. “Everyday, deputies recover fentanyl in our communities and the county jails are not immune to the dangers of this drug.”