ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane presented awards for life-saving and valor to a deputy and two agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency during a Hancock County Commissioners meeting Oct. 4.

Kane presented Deputy Dana Austin with a “Life Saving” Award for saving the life of an Ellsworth man who had overdosed on heroin in August.

Austin performed CPR on a man who had overdosed on heroin while aiding the Ellsworth Police Department on an Aug. 23 call, according to a press release.

Ellsworth Sgt. Glenn Moshier administered two doses of an anti-opiate drug called Narcan to the man while Austin monitored the man’s condition.

County Ambulance arrived and gave the man a third dose of the drug and took him to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Kane also presented “Medal of Valor” awards to agents Shane Campbell and Troy Bires of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for their bravery in handling an uncooperative suspect in a workplace drug theft investigation that occurred Sept. 7.

After agents had approached the male suspect and identified themselves, the 6-foot-5, 450-pound man pushed Campbell out of the way and said he needed to call his wife, the press release stated.

Campbell tried to stop the man but due to the man’s large size, was unable to fully control him. Campbell jumped on the man’s back who had entered his pickup truck and grabbed a pistol, the press release said. Campbell advised Bires of the gun and continued to struggle with the man who was trying to point the gun at himself.

Bires grabbed the suspect by the hand holding the gun and was able to push the pistol’s magazine release, causing the magazine to drop from the gun. The man then surrendered and complied with the agents.

Kane said Campbell and Bires were awarded the medals for “being a distinguishing symbol of courage and strength of mind in the face of danger to protect life.”

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