Champaign Co. deputies honored for saving lives


URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Deputies with the Champaign County Sheriff's Office are being honored for saving a man from a drug overdose. 

Deputy Corey Pankow found a man unresponsive lying against a bathroom door, surrounded by syringes and heroin residue on Dec. 18.

Pankow gave the man two doses of the opioid re-versal drug Narcan. He was able to stabilize the man who was then taken to an area hospital.

It was the first time Pankow had administered Narcan. He had only ever been trained on using the nasal spray version.

Narcan can restore breathing long enough for EMS to arrive.

All patrol cars carry it.

Pankow was honored with the "Life Saving Award," on Wednesday.

Other deputies recognized Wednesday included:

  • The day shift for helping pursue Richard Stover, wanted for the murder of his mother and the robbery of a Champaign Walgreens. Stover was convicted and is serving a 55-year sentence. After killing his mother, Stover got in a vehicle and ran from her home, ramming a Champaign police squad car, and led dozens of officers on a chase for several hours before crashing near Mahomet's high school.
  • Deputy Rob DeRouchie for resuscitating another victim of a heroin overdose with Narcan on Jan. 2.
  • Deputies Cody Fordyce and Billy Pryor for performing CPR on a victim of a two-vehicle crash Jan. 5.
  • Deputy Chelsey Keyes for her investigation in December of a battery to a 15-month-old child.
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