First responders face growing, deadly risk on overdose calls
January 14, 2018
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — "Welcome back."
It was the first thing Sgt. Giovanni Trello heard when he woke up in the back of an ambulance headed to the hospital.
He felt groggy and confused. "What do you mean?" he asked the medic.
Trello, an Aliquippa police officer, overdosed on pure fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid blamed for killing three-fourths of the 153 overdose victims in Beaver County over the last two years.
For Trello, it was just a matter of seconds before he passed out and was left completely helpless.
It happened last September on a relatively common call. Officers from the Ali...