Newport Police Chief Jason Malloy presented Officer Sam Clark with the Life Saving Medal at the December 3 City Council meeting. Officer Sam Clark was cited for superior performance while assigned to the Patrol Division of the Newport Police Department. On August 17, 2018, shortly after 11 p.m., Officer Clark responded to a report of a woman who was unconscious and not breathing in Newport possibly due to a heroin overdose.
Upon arrival, Officer Clark was directed, by the patient’s friend to an upstairs room where he located the woman lying on the floor unresponsive and not breathing. Another friend was in the process of performing CPR. Officer Clark recognized the indicators of a possible drug overdose and administered a dose of Narcan.
He then immediately began performing CPR until emergency medical responders arrived and began administering first aid. Chief Malloy said Officer Clark’s quick actions directly assisted in the successful resuscitation efforts of the patient so that she could be stabilized and transported for further medical care.
By acting in the performance of his duties and committing an overt act that directly saved the life of another human being, Chief Malloy said Officer Clark's actions have met the definitions and requirements to be awarded the Newport Police Department Life Saving Medal. He added that Officer Sam Clark’s diligence, perseverance, and devotion to duty are heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Newport Police Department. He also received a life saving ribbon to wear on his uniform.