A 21-year-old from Dutchess County was honored for saving a life.

Last week, 21-year-old Dwayne Joyner from Poughkeepsie saved a man’s life from an apparent overdose on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

One day after being certified to use Narcan, Joyner, a student at Nubian Directions, put his training to use.

While walking past the Chase bank on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, Joyner spotted a group of people near an unresponsive man who was perched on an elevated window sill.

“I told them that I had the proper training and if it was a heroin overdose, it could save his life,” Joyner told Hudson Valley Post.

Joyner gave the man Narcan and within minutes, the man began to show signs of life.

Narcan is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It is simple to administer and is credited with saving many lives, including far too many residents in the Hudson Valley.

Narcan can’t be used to get high and is not addictive, official say.

On Tuesday, Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison recognized Joyner and a group of others who have dedicated their time to make a significant impact in the City of Poughkeepsie.

“It was an honor to recognize Dwayne Joyner,” Rolison said on Facebook. “This is a great example of someone who kept a cool head, reverted to the training he had just received, and performed lifesaving measures. How proud we all are of this fine young man.”

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