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Man who assisted overdose case found

November 3, 2017 GMT

Eugene police said they have located the “hero” who saved the life of a man suffering a heroin overdose Sunday morning in downtown Eugene.

But as far as they are concerned, that is where the story ends.

At the man’s behest, police declined to release his name Thursday. He was depicted in an out-of-focus photo the department distributed Monday while requesting the public’s help in identifying him. Police had blurred the man’s face even more.

The “hero” was sought by police officer Jannalyn Farley because she wanted to thank him for providing CPR to one of two people who had overdosed at West 13th Avenue and Polk Street.

On Thursday, police said, Farley “received information that he was on his way to get coffee before going to church and came across the incident. While driving by the incident, he observed officer Farley, and he could feel that she needed help. That is when he came to her assistance. Officer Farley expressed appreciation and thanks to everyone who helped her identify this person.”

Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said the photo distributed had been further blurred for two reasons: “He was doing a service, and we didn’t know if he wished to be identified. This turned out to be the case. Also, it was from a body-worn camera, and there is an Oregon law stating we must blur the faces.”

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