In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works April 2017 - Page 37

Pit Stop Monitor Lauded for Saving a Life Marcus Player was nearing the end of his shift as a monitor at the Pit Stop public toilet at Victoria Manalo Draves Park on the afternoon of April 6 when he noticed something was off: A woman using the bathroom was in there for a long time. He knocked on the door to ask if everything was OK. She responded yes. More time passed. He knocked again. No answer. He went inside and saw her down on the floor, unresponsive. “I didn’t know if she was dead or what,” he said. Player immediately called 911. He stayed with her until help arrived. The woman had overdosed on drugs. When emergency medical personnel arrived, they administered naloxone, which can reverse an opiate overdose – waking the person up and getting them breathing again. “If I could do it all over again, I would,” he said. “Because of you, she is alive today,” Supervisor Jane Kim told Player when presenting him with a special certificate of honor at City Hall on April 25. Kim, who represents the South of Market neighborhood where the park is located, said that since Player came on board as the bathroom monitor in December, Victoria Manalo Draves Park has become safer and cleaner, so much so that neighborhood families and students from the nearby school started visiting again. “It has made such a difference,” Kim said. Player, who is moving to Los Angles for family reasons, admitted that he was scared when he found the woman passed out, but didn’t panic and just was glad that he could get her help. The Pit Stop program, managed by Public Works, now operates in 17 locations in eight neighborhoods and provides people with safe and clean bathrooms. Collectively, the Pit Stops get more than 25,000 uses a month. The Recreation and Park Department sponsors the Victoria Manalo Draves Park Pit Stop. A new monitor will replace Player. What makes a Pit Stop a Pit Stop is that the bathrooms are staffed. Hunters Point Family is our nonprofit partner that hires the monitors as part of a workforce development program. April 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsle