The 51-year-old Kenmore man wasn’t breathing Tuesday when Akron police arrived.

Officers started chest compressions and when medics arrived, they administered eight doses of naloxone.


The man — a heroin user who had overdosed before — was breathing and had a weak pulse, but he didn’t respond until he reached Cleveland Clinic Akron General where staff members worked their emergency-room magic to bring him around.

The man was one of 27 Summit County residents treated between Feb. 2-8 for drug overdoses in hospital emergency rooms, 12 fewer than the week before, according to a weekly report provided by Summit County Public Health.

His overdose occurred on the same day the National Safety Council announced a new online effort that lets family and friends post photos and stories about people they’ve loved and lost to an overdose death in the opioid crisis.

The nonprofit organization aimed at eliminating preventable deaths said one in four Americans have been directly impacted by opioids.

“The Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map can help reduce the stigma around opioid-related deaths by allowing us to get to know those in our community who were loved and are so deeply missed,” safety council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said this week when announcing the project.

The safety council took over the map from an engineer who created it in 2016 after the death of his brother.

So far, more than 1,300 memorials have been posted.

Ohio is under the biggest circle on the map. As users zoom in, they can see memorials for those by county, town or city.

A wall of photos and names lines the side of the map. Most show those who died during happier days, smiling, hugging someone they love or a dog.

Users can click on a photo to read an accompanying memorial or click on the map to read memorials from a certain place.

By Friday morning, there were nine memorials in Greater Akron, including five from Summit, three from Medina and one from Wayne counties.

Among the local posts:

•Tina Chapman was a mother to two daughters and a grandma to seven grandchildren. She loved her animals and had a contagious laugh. She was stuck and never found her way out…xoxo.

•Terron Robinson was smart, kind, loving and athletic, owning the No. 2 spot for receiving yards in the city his senior year and getting a football scholarship…he loved spending time with his family, especially his daughter Gaberiella.

•Andrew Harland found his peace August 20th 2016. He was a great father, son, brother, and friend. He loved to fish, cook, hike, play football, swim and hang out with his family and dog, Titus.

To explore Celebrating Loved Ones, or to upload a memorial for someone you loved and lost, visit:

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or Follow her on Twitter @agarrettABJ.