March 14 started as a normal day interning with the Burnsville Police Department for Glenville State College senior and criminal justice major Jacob Bullard. But, when a call came through about an unconscious man near the Mike and Ike Plaza, he and Chief James Ball responded. After six or seven minutes of CPR, Bullard was able to restart the man’s heart, keeping him alive. It is something he never thought he’d see during his internship.
“Well, I definitely knew it was a possibility that it could happen, but given how small Burnsville really is, I didn’t think that it would be something so prevalent. But, it’s a small town, and anything could happen,” said Bullard.
The man had overdosed on heroin, and Chief Ball credits Bullard’s quick action with saving his life, restarting his heart before EMTs arrived on the scene.
“Well, it makes me proud to see that a young person like that has an interest, and he was the same way I was. He didn’t want to see anybody die,” said Ball.
Ball said Bullard’s quick action is just one of many things he sees in him that show Bullard has a bright future in front of him.
“A person with his attitude would be a good police officer, state trooper, sheriff, whatever. That’s what you look for in law enforcement, is somebody that’s dedicated and wants to save somebody’s life,” Ball said.
Bullard said he is just one of many officers around the country who runs into a similar situation each day, but when the time came to act, he was glad to be prepared to save a life.
“It’s something that I’ve always been aware of. It’s part of the career, so whenever it happened the first time, I was just prepared and thankful I was prepared,” said Bullard.