WEST BRANCH – Michigan State Police (MSP) Board of Awards representatives say they are pleased to announce the following West Branch Post troopers as recipients of MSP Lifesaving Awards:

Jo Hamlin, Isaiah Lintz, Timothy Atkinson, Kyle Grubbs and Clayton O’Neil.

In early January, Hamlin and Lintz were dispatched to a residence for a subject who had overdosed. The subject had no pulse, was not breathing and was unresponsive.

The troopers began CPR and administered naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan. The subject began to breathe and regained a pulse. Troopers continued lifesaving efforts until EMS arrived and the subject was transported to a local hospital.

Those from the MSP note that, due to the quick actions of Hamlin and Lintz, a life was saved.

Originally from Grayling, Hamlin enlisted with the department in 2016 and graduated as a member of the 130th Trooper Recruit School.

Lintz enlisted with the department in 2019 as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he attended Indiana Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, with two minors in psychology and business administration. 

Troopers Atkinson, Grubbs and O’Neil are also receiving awards for saving the life of another.

In early January, they were dispatched to a residence for a subject who had overdosed. They searched the home and located an empty pill bottle, but the subject was no longer in the residence. Troopers located the subject approximately one mile from the residence, unresponsive and not breathing.

Rescue breathing was initiated and the subject began to breathe, but stopped again soon thereafter. Troopers continued repeated cycles of rescue breathing and other lifesaving measures until the arrival of EMS. The subject was then transported to a local hospital.

The Board of Awards recognized that, due to the cooperative efforts of Atkinson, Grubbs and O’Neil, a life was saved.

Atkinson, a Lachine native, enlisted with the department in 2018 and graduated as a member of the 134th Trooper Recruit School. He holds an associate’s degree from Delta College.

Grubbs, originally from Ypsilanti, enlisted with the MSP in 2019 and graduated as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration.

O’Neil, a native of Macomb, enlisted with the MSP in 2019 and graduated as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University.