Deputies responding to an overdose save life, make arrest

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies saved a life, then made an arrest shortly afterwards.

Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that on Sunday morning, at approximately 12:24 a.m., Deputy Leah Burton was dispatched to

Kimberly R. Kirk
Kimberly R. Kirk

5371 E 50 N after receiving a report of an unconscious woman. When Deputy Burton arrived, she was reportedly met by 42-year-old Kimberly R. Kirk, of Columbus. Kirk allegedly told the deputy that the woman “had taken something” and was unconscious in the bedroom of the home.

Jackson says that Deputy Burton found the woman, who was not breathing, moments later. She began CPR while Deputy Matt Bush administered Narcan, a drug that reverses the effect of an overdose. Jackson says that after three doses of Narcan and continued CPR, the unconscious woman began breathing. She was then transported to Columbus Regional Hospital.

Jackson says that in the aftermath, the deputies learned that Kirk had an outstanding warrant out of Johnson County. She adds that deputies also found that Kirk was in possession of heroin. Kirk was arrested and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on the outstanding warrant, along with a preliminary charge of Possession of Heroin. Authorities say that she is being held without bond.