Chillicothe fire captain says overdose calls take their toll on first responders

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (WCMH) — A mother delivering her baby in a Chillicothe Burger King bathroom while believed to be on high on drugs is shocking to many.

First responders said because of the opioid epidemic, situations like this are becoming normal to them.

“A lot of times you come in, someone they say is unresponsive, or having a seizure, or difficulty breathing you know and they’ll be three people overdosed,” said Captain Donald Zindren of the Chillicothe Fire Department. 

He said there have been times where he has responded to 6 overdoses in one shift. 

“They see it so often it almost becomes commonplace.”

He added even though firefighters see overdoses a lot, they never know what they are walking into.

Captain Zindren did not respond to the incident where employees at a Burger King believed a woman overdosed after she gave birth on the toilet.

He believes it’s situations like this that begin to take a toll on the men and women who are first on the scene.

“It’s not always so much one certain run that does it, but I think little by little it chips away when you see it over and over again,” said Zindren.

“You have to compartmentalize, you have to do the job at hand, and you don’t really have time to think or feel about it. You just take care of the situation. You’re not afforded the luxury of feeling during an incident.”

Ross Country Children Services are unable to give NBC4 an update on that newborn. 

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