CAMDEN CITY NJ--The Camden County Police Department is honoring a pair – Officers Edwin Cortez and Benjamin Patti – as the newest Officers of the Week.
Officer Patti spent 17 years in the U.S. Army and two years as a Camden County Sheriff’s Department officer before joining the Camden County Police Department a year ago. Officer Cortez became an officer in December after graduating from the Camden County Police Academy.
On the morning of May 23, Officers Cortez and Patti were on patrol in the area of 6thand Cherry streets when they were flagged down by a man who was experiencing a heroin overdose and then lost consciousness. The officers acted quickly and retrieved the anti-opiod medicine Narcan. They administered Narcan to the victim who regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital for further treatment. This incident marked the first time Camden County Police Department officers have used Narcan to save an overdose victim.
Their dedication, quick action, quick thinking and attention to detail in saving an overdose victim qualifies both Officer Cortez and Officer Patti as Officers of the Week,” said Lt. Scott Bagby.
The department proudly recognizes Officers Cortez and Patti for their live-saving actions. Also nominated this week were Officers Stenly Vertus and Edward Pineiro.