McKeesport, Pennsylvania (KDKA) — A security guard at the McKeesport apartment complex is being honored for his heroism.
Officer Robert Smith works every day to keep the people of Steelview Manor safe. So when a woman got a call last month on the 6th floor saying she was overdosing, Smith was the first to show up.
“I responded with Narkan,” said Smith, a guard at Pittsburgh Protection. “I was told it was an overdose. I’m grateful that Narkan was on deck and administered the dose before the medics arrived. I believe it was a success.”
He acts like it’s no big deal, but the people at McKeesport disagree. Mayor Michael Cherepko, Senator Jim Brewster and the McKeesport Housing Authority read a proclamation honoring Smith on Friday.
“And on the 16th of December in the Year of the Lord 2022, the seal of this city will be stamped,” the proclamation read.
“The housing authority started everything,” Cherepko said. “And Senator Brewster, who has chaired our housing authority for over 30 years, also recognized him in a proclamation through the state Senate.”
Colleen Morgan lives in this building that the world can’t miss.
“Many people work hard when they don’t get recognized for their good work,” Morgan said. “He patrols and keeps us safe.”
Despite the attention, Smith continues to downplay what he has done.
“Too much fuss,” he said. “It was just one day. I am very humbled and honored to have been recognized for what I have done. It feels good to know I made that difference.” That’s it.”
Smith says that someone gifted him a Narkan, and hopes this shows the importance of other guards having one as well.
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