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Phone call from Connecticut to Tonawanda credited with saving sister's life

A worried sister in Connecticut acting on her concern and quick police work may have saved a City of Tonawanda woman's life.

The Connecticut woman called City of Tonawanda police early Wednesday morning after a phone call with her sister. Something "didn't sound right" when she was talking with her sister, she told police. Then it sounded like her sister dropped the phone. The line went quiet, City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels said in an email.

So at 1:05 a.m., the sister in Connecticut called police. She told a dispatcher her sister lived on Plymouth Drive. The problem was she didn't know her sister's house number. Officials checked records to try to find an address, to no avail.

Police did not release the identities of the people involved.

The Connecticut woman gave police her sister's boyfriend's name and police records showed a parking ticket the boyfriend was issued, and the address on the ticket listed a house number on Plymouth Drive, Foels said.

So officers showed up at the woman's house and found her unresponsive with a weak pulse and very shallow breathing. Police determined the woman had snorted heroin.

They found Narcan, the opioid antidote, in the house and administered it to the unresponsive woman, who regained consciousness and told police she had snorted the drug. She also told police there was a baggie of heroin in a cabinet above the stove, which police recovered.

Police called the sister in Connecticut to give her the good news – her phone call probably saved her sister's life, Foels said.

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