BREMERTON — Washington State Patrol troopers who serve Pacific and Grays Harbor counties were recently honored for saving lives.
WSP Chief John Batiste recognized Trooper Edward Quintero, who is part of WSP’s Naselle Detachment, and Trooper David Franzmann, part of the Hoquiam Detachment, in a late August ceremony.
In mid-April, Franzman responded to a call for an unresponsive 17-year-old boy in Elma. The boy was not breathing, and local officers were performing CPR. Franzman recognized the signs of an opioid overdose and administered naloxone (often known by the trade name Narcan), a drug that quickly reverses opioid overdoses. The boy began breathing again and survived.
In late April, Quintero was among the first emergency responders to arrive at the scene of an Ilwaco stabbing incident with three victims. Using a knife, Mitchell Marteeny, a mentally ill former resident of an apartment complex, attacked a resident whom he wrongly suspected of committing a violent crime. Two men who intervened were also injured.
One victim was bleeding badly from his right arm. Recognizing the injury could potentially be fatal, Quintero applied a tourniquet to slow the bleeding. Quintero used a trauma kit he carried in his patrol vehicle to tend to the victims’ less serious injuries while waiting for medical aid to arrive. According to a WSP press release, paramedics and other officers believed Quintero’s actions saved the man’s life.
Quintero was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Sergeant Bradford Moon, who heads the Naselle detachment. Both troopers serve in the District 8 division of WSP, which includes Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.