Ocean Township Cops Make A Narcan Save

Bill Bucco, Acting Assistant Director of the Monmouth County Division of Addiction Services.

Bill Bucco, Acting Assistant Director of the Monmouth County Division of Addiction Services.

Two Ocean Township Police Officers saved the life of a 25 year old man late Tuesday night by administering two doses of Narcan, the antidote for heroin overdoses that New Jersey law enforcement officers have been authorized to administer since July.

Officers Randy Slawsky and Zachary Rhein of the Ocean Police Department responded to a reported overdose at an apartment located on Rustic Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a 25 year old male unresponsive in the living room of the home. A family member reported that they believed the victim had ingested heroin prior to being found unconscious.

Officers on scene administered two doses of Naloxone Hydrochloride (Narcan) resulting in the victim becoming conscious and responsive. The victim was speaking with officers immediately prior to being transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officers and EMS personnel credit the use of the Narcan in saving the man’s life.

Bill Bucco, Assistant Acting Director of the Monmouth County Division of Addiction Services declined to comment.

“This is a law enforcement story,” said Monmouth County Public Information Officer Laura Kirkpatrick, “Mr. Bucco is an administrator, it is not appropriate for him to comment on this issue.”

“The heroin epidemic is a scourge that transcends politics that we must unite to fight,” said Freeholder Director Lillian Burry,”Those who would attempt to exploit this killer for their own political gain should reconsider their motives and whether public service is an appropriate calling for them.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the Ocean Township officers who saved this young man, and to all of the men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives for us every day.  Anyone struggling with drug abuse should seek the appropriate help.  The Guide to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services in Monmouth County  is an excellent resource.”

Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry Photo by Vinnie Amessé © www.amessephoto.com

Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry
Photo by Vinnie Amessé © www.amessephoto.com

Burry’s Democratic opponents in the upcoming election, Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo, issued a statement last week condemning Bucco’s employment as an administrator in Addiction Services, given the heroin epidemic, even though they are aware that his job has nothing to do with law enforcement or treating addicts.

Luttrell and Grillo did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

16 Comments on “Ocean Township Cops Make A Narcan Save”

  1. jrsmith said at 7:14 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    How sad that this right wing site will go this low.

  2. DEM said at 7:43 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    Lillian Burry is a hypocrite she using this right now for her own political gain. So next will be all the name calling from all the Republicans here.

  3. Jim Granelli said at 9:03 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    @ DEM,

    Please tell me what is wrong with Burry saying this “transcends politics” and applauding the Police Department? She is an elected official and has a right to say something about it.

    Burry didn’t say that “if elected,” yada, yada. Lillian Burry didn’t make it political, YOU DID

    And if you call what I wrote, “name calling,” I am not the problem. I asked a certain question and stated certain facts. So, please don’t try to inoculate yourself against some hypothetical thing.

  4. DEM said at 9:14 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    @Jim Has burry say any thing about this before? And why does this story have her in at all? There is no reason for Burry to be. This story was made to be political.Addiction should be above and the people that need help. Now its time for football have a good night Jim.

  5. Art Gallagher said at 9:24 pm on September 4th, 2014:


    Bucco and Burry are in this story because Luttrell and Grillo tied them to the heroin epidemic and “politics at its worst.”

    Until election day, I will ask both Bucco and Burry to comment on every heroin related news event. Thank Larry and Giuseppe.

  6. Jim Granelli said at 9:25 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    @ DEM

    I don’t know, why don’t you go research what she might have said before about such issues.

    Addiction should involve EVERYONE’S thoughts. Why exclude a sitting, elected official?

    Yawn, I’m tired; no need for a useless ping pong match over a made up charge because that’s all the Democrats know how to do.

  7. Jim Granelli said at 9:43 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    What Gallagher said as well….

  8. DEM said at 10:05 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    Bucco is not qualified for the job.and that’s politics at its worst.There is a heroin epidemic in Monmouth and burry has done nothing.

  9. Art Gallagher said at 10:15 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    Heroin deaths in Monmouth County have declined 19%, on an annualized basis, since Bucco was appointed.

  10. Dem said at 10:24 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    @ Art -We have GOD to thank for that not Bucco.

  11. Art Gallagher said at 10:41 pm on September 4th, 2014:


    Since you’ve brought God into it, please tell Lawrence and Giuseppe to “do unto others and you would have them do unto you.”

    Please suggest that they put forth ideas on how they would make Monmouth County’s government better for it’s residents. What would they do better than the incumbents have done regarding taxes, spending and services? How will they do it?

    Please suggest that they give the voters a reason to vote for them instead of making up phony scandals in a futile attempt to get voters to vote against the incumbents.

  12. Jason said at 11:29 pm on September 4th, 2014:

    Art – the voters will decide that, not a Republican partisan blogger such as yourself.

  13. trouble in marlboro said at 8:31 am on September 5th, 2014:

    bill is a good man and needs our thoughts and prayers, not a couple of political hacks, with no platform or any ideas as to improve the county. bill is under a lot of pressure, its scary being in the news, just getting married, and running a department in the county. just do whats right and pray for this young man and his family, and leave him alone during this trying time thank you.

  14. @trouble in Marlboro said at 11:03 am on September 5th, 2014:

    So what’s wrong with Billy? You throw a little tidbit out there but you fail to close the deal by telling us what’s wrong with him.

    Afterall, Lillian has no problem “commenting” on this matter. This is Bill’s department—he can share an opinion–it’s perfectly legal.

  15. Jim Granelli said at 11:39 am on September 5th, 2014:

    @ @trouble

    Obviously you can’t read what trouble wrote and what Laura Kirkpatrick said. BTW, “billy” is for kids. Have a little respect will ya.

  16. If you were informed, said at 11:45 am on September 6th, 2014:

    you’d know that our Prosecutor’s office has gone on the road for more than two years, into the schools and to parent groups, to create more awareness of the magnitude of this horrific problem.. Burry is not just the Freeholder director, she is liaison to that office, and has both the right and responsibility to keep the public informed on any progress made by all hard-working employees on the problem..the other side is both pathetic and naive, not to mention petty and short-sighted: bereft of any positive ideas, yet again, they can be counted on to stoop to personal attacks and untruths,to grab a few cheap votes- based on emotion and untruths..
    . predict they will fail again..if it were your family member, you’d want as much help as possible..