TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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Consideration for Trooper's Medal for Trooper Michael Dotson U/452
Date of News Release: 06/13/2006
(Henderson, KY) - On Friday November 11, 2005, Trooper Michael Dotson (U/452) responded with Daviess County EMS to 6883 KY HWY. 2830. He was dispatched to assist EMS personnel on an overdose complaint. Upon arrival Trooper Dotson met with Mr. Russell Ferguson and his wife Bonnie. They are the grandparents of the overdose victim and both had been assaulted by their granddaughter. Trooper Dotson was given information that Nicki Ferguson was distraught and that her family witnessed her consume a whole bottle of pills. Nicki Ferguson was last seen leaving her grandparents residence with her direction of travel unknown.
Trooper Dotson found the pill bottle that was filled on 11/10/05. The prescription was for Lorazepam (120 count) and there was one pill remaining. He received assistance from Trooper Lonnie Bell (U/1111) and Trooper Paul Herron (U/487). They began to search the surrounding wooded area where the family thought she might have gone. Trooper Dotson received information that Nicki Ferguson lived close by. He was advised that her friend (Lynda Blanford) had attempted to make contact with her at the residence but it appeared as if she was not home. After an exhaustive search of the area without locating Ms. Ferguson, Troopers Dotson, Bell, and Herron went to 6895 Lot 15 KY 2830 (Nicki Ferguson's residence). The residence was locked, and they could not see Ms. Ferguson from the exterior. After speaking with family members it was determined that no one had a key to her residence. Trooper Dotson found evidence of vomit with pills within its contents and felt Ms. Ferguson's life was in danger. Trooper Dotson called Post and spoke with me by phone. He advised me of his findings and asked permission to gain entry into the locked residence by force. I felt Trooper Dotson had articulated sufficient probable cause for exigent circumstances and authorized the entry.
Ms. Ferguson was found unconscious on the floor and unresponsive. She was reported to have a weak pulse and shallow breathing. She was attended to by EMS and transported to Owensboro Medical Health Systems Hospital.
While at the hospital Ms. Ferguson was treated from November 11th until November 15th. She was listed in critical condition from the 11th until the 14th as I checked her status daily.
On November 18, 2005 at 2200 hrs. I interviewed Dr. David A. Dwyer M.D. at the Owensboro Medical Health Systems Hospital. Doctor Dwyer was the attending ER doctor who treated Ms. Ferguson. I explained to him why I was there and asked if he could answer a couple of questions regarding the severity of Ms. Ferguson's condition. When I began to start with the questioning, Dr. Dwyer interrupted me and stated "who ever tracked down Ms. Ferguson really saved her life". I advised him that this award has great scrutiny regarding the circumstances in which a Trooper is eligible to receive it and I needed to know his expert opinion on what would have happened to Ms. Ferguson had the Troopers not went in and found her. His response was "she most likely would have died if she was not found by the Troopers".
Please consider Trooper Dotson for this prestigious award. His outstanding service has clearly saved the life of a human being during his official performance of duties. Trooper Dotson took direct, immediate, and positive action, in order to preserve the life of Ms. Ferguson. Her life was in fact in danger and according to Dr. Dwyer she most likely would have died had they not went in to find her when they did. The circumstances in which this occurred proves that this outstanding performance is the reason Ms. Ferguson is alive today.