Two deputies honored for saving man from overdose in Fredonia

OZAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES Michael Schmidt (left) and Michael Zilke were honored on Monday for using Narcan to revive a man who had overdosed on heroin in a Fredonia business. It was the third life-saving award for Zilke, a trainee, who also helped save two lives in November. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press Staff

Two Ozaukee County Sheriff’s deputies were given Lifesaving Awards this week for reviving a man who had overdosed on heroin at a Village of Fredonia business.

According to a press release from Sheriff Jim Johnson:

Deputy Mike Zilke and his field training officer Deputy Mike Schmidt were dispatched on Dec. 30 to a possible drug overdose  at an unidentified Fredonia business.

When they arrived, they entered the bathroom and found a man seated on a toilet, slumped over and unresponsive.

A syringe was on the bathroom counter and had been taken from the man’s hand before the deputies arrived.

Schmidt moved the man onto the floor and began to help him.

Schmidt administered one dose of Narcan, which counteracts the effects of opioids, while Zilke checked the man’s vital signs, which included a weak pulse, shallow breathing and a bluish complexion, indicating the man was not getting enough oxygen to continue living.

Zilke prepared a second dose of Narcan, which caused the man to become responsive, the press release stated.

The deputies found a small plastic bag with a brown powder believed to be heroin.

“Had it not been for the quick actions of deputies Michael Zilke and Michael Schmidt in recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose in the unresponsive subject and administering Narcan, this subject would have perished,” Johnson said at an awards ceremony on Monday at the Sheriff’s Office.

For Zilke, it was his third such award. 

Zilke joined the department in September and is still in the training phase of his employment.

In November, he was involved in two other life-saving situations, one involving an attempted suicide in the Town of Saukville and another involving a heart-attack victim in the Town of Belgium. 

He was honored for both those incidents at a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 18, less than two weeks before the Fredonia incident.

Zilke is a Port Washington native and graduated from Port High School.



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