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Sunday, May 19, 2024

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Deputy Quick Reaction Saves Woman’s Life

YPSO Deputy First Class Nicole Williamson’s quick reaction saved a couple’s lives after the overdosed on opioids in August 2021. (Courtesy of YPSO)

YORK COUNTY — York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO) has recognized one of its deputies for her quick response that saved a woman’s life in August 2021.

Deputy First Class Nicole Williamson was called to the scene of a double opioid overdose in the Grafton area of York County

Upon arrival, Williamson immediately took lifesaving measures by administering NARCAN to both victims. She then performed CPR on the female victim who was not showing any signs of life.

NARCAN is a drug used to treat opioid overdoses and deputies carry it while on duty.

York County Department of Fire and Life Safety arrived on scene a short time later and took over. They transported the victim to a local hospital where she made a full recovery.

Fire and Life Safety Battalion Chief James Rhodes said that Williamson’s actions played an integral role in her survival.

Once she was relieved by paramedics, Williamson then turned her attention to the distraught 2-year-old child who was in the residence. According to the YPSO Public Information Officer Shelley Ward, DFC Williamson cared for the child throughout the ordeal and made for an easy transition of care to the child’s other family members when they arrived.

“DFC Williamson is the type of deputy we as the York – Poquoson Sheriff’s Office strive to hire, maintain and mentor other deputies. She went above and beyond in saving the life of a York County citizen,” said YPSO Lt. Aaron Rosen.

Sheriff Diggs wholeheartedly agreed with Lt. Rosen’s assessment and personally thanked DFC Williamson for her commitment to our community and for representing the Sheriff’s Office in such a positive and professional manner.

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