While on patrol May 28, Bowersox observed a vehicle sitting at a Speedway gas pump. Since neither the driver nor passenger were pumping gas, the officer became suspicious. He ran a check on the license plate, which was expired.
Suspecting the individuals of being under the influence of narcotics, the officer asked to search the vehicle. After finding nine hypodermic needles and two pipes, he read the suspects their rights when the woman became lethargic and unresponsive. Believing she was overdosing, Bowersox administered Narcan.
“It was good judgement on his part,” Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said. “He saw something and investigated it. Without him, the lady would have died.”
Bowersox was honored for his efforts by the Southport Lions Club June 15, at which time Chief Thomas Vaughn was named Perry Township Citizen of the Year by the Lions.
The Lions Club of Southport donated Narcan kits to the department late 2015.