"I was just doing my job and doing what I was trained to do," said Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland after reliving the events that transpired Feb. 20.
That day could have been fatal for Newcomerstown resident Susan Addy if Chief Holland wasn't on duty.
A well-being check came into the Newcomerstown Police dispatch for Addy after she did not show up for work. Taking the call at about 3:50 p.m., Chief Holland took off towards her house in the village.
After checking license plates in the area where Addy was thought to live, he was able to locate her house. Through the windows, he could see her lying on her couch unresponsive.
In November, Addy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and is working on regulating her blood sugar.
Chief Holland saw the glucose gel on Addy's end table and thought she was hypoglycemic. (Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when your blood sugar (glucose) is too low. Blood sugar below 70 mg/dL is considered low. Blood sugar at or below this level can harm you.)
Addy was not responsive and incoherent. She couldn't form any words, Chief Holland.
So, he immediately gave Addy the glucose gel in her mouth and tried massaging her gums to have her ingest the much-needed medicine to raise her blood sugar level.
After about 10 minutes, Addy was showing improvements. Chief Holland, who is familiar with diabetes, checked Addy's blood sugar level which it had raised to 121. By that time, the ambulance had arrived.
And Chief Holland left Addy in competent hands to continue her recovery.
"If work hadn't called and Chief Holland wouldn't have responded, I would not be here," Addy admits. "I can't say how thankful I am."
Addy said Chief Holland even stopped by later that evening to check on her which she was doing much, much better.
"You're my hero," Addy said to Chief Holland.
Being modest, Chief Holland said he's not a hero, just doing his job and helping the people of this community.
"I'm glad it worked out and I'm glad I was there," he said.