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Oklahoma officer puts training to good use.

Mary Peters King, a senior probation and parole officer in Norman, Okla., was relaxing on her day off at home one day in October 1990 when she received a telephone call from one of her son's close friends.

"The girl sounded upset and was speaking illogically," says King. "She kept asking to speak to my son, who was at work at the time. I asked her what was wrong, but she wasn't making any sense."

After King calmed the caller down, the girl asked her to drive to her house because a friend of hers was in trouble. When King arrived a few minutes later, she found a young man who smelled of alcohol, wasn't breathing and had gone into cardiac arrest.

"I screamed for the girl to call 911 and started performing CPR," King said. "I was able to get him to start breathing, but lost him twice before the paramedics arrived." Later, at the hospital, King counseled him on the dangers of experimenting with drugs.

The young man, who was having an adverse reaction to a combination of alcohol and marijuana, eventually made a full recovery. For her heroism, King was presented with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections' Courage and Valor Medal at the department's annual awards ceremony.

King credits the department's required yearly CPR training for her quick, calm response. "I am a big advocate of this training and I take it very seriously," says King. "You just never know when you're going to have to use it."

King has been a probation and parole officer with the Oklahoma DOC since 1987. She says she enjoys protecting the public and helping her clients successfully complete probation without violations. "I know that I have made a difference in someone's life if I can help them become a better person and not a repeat offender," she says.
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Title Annotation:Best in the Business; Mary Peters King of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in Norman
Author:Murray, Dana M.
Publication:Corrections Today
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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