(Moorhead, MN) -- An award going to a true hero in the Moorhead Police Department. 

On the afternoon of February 19th, Moorhead Officer Eric Zimmel responded to a South Moorhead apartment for a report of a female possibly not breathing and turning purple. When Officer Zimmel arrived on the scene, he found the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse. He immediately began administering CPR, and a short time later, the victim regained a pulse and was breathing.

Members of the Moorhead Fire Department and F-M Ambulance arrived on the scene and took over care. It was later determined the female had ingested heroin before the medical issues started.

For his quick response and immediate actions, Chief Monroe has awarded Officer Zimmel the Moorhead Police Department’s Lifesaving Award.

Chief Monroe noted that Zimmel had a substantial role during the call for service and took crucial steps in resuscitating the victim.