Picking up a passenger, Fargo cabbie ends up saving a life

"I drive the F-M area 11 hours a day, five days a week. Anything can happen."

Fargo taxi driver Emily Kingsleigh talks about giving CPR to a man who apparently overdosed in a south Fargo apartment parking lot on Monday, Sept. 7. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — Emily Kingsleigh began a new job on Friday, Sept. 4, driving a taxi cab.

On Monday morning, she arrived at a south Fargo apartment building to pick up a passenger and moments later found herself holding another's life in her hands.

Recounting the incident Wednesday afternoon, Kingsleigh said she had just reached the apartment building Monday morning when her intended passenger came to her van's window and told her to call 911 because a man nearby appeared to be dying.

Kingsleigh, 33, of Fargo, said that after dialing 911 she went to see what the problem was and found a woman who had pulled an unconscious man out of a car.

Kingsleigh learned from the woman that the man had overdosed and that the woman had already given him two doses of Narcan, a medication used to revive overdose victims.


Kingsleigh said that after checking for a pulse and finding none, she began performing CPR on the man.

After several minutes, Kingsleigh said police officers arrived and one of them took over CPR from her.

Shortly after that, the man regained consciousness and eventually was able to stand up and talk to people, Kingsleigh said, adding that she believes her CPR efforts together with the Narcan administered by the man's girlfriend probably saved his life.

Jessica Schindeldecker, a spokeswoman for Fargo police, agreed.

"The combination of using Narcan and CPR likely aided in saving this male's life," Schindeldecker said.

Kingsleigh said training she received as an American Red Cross disaster services volunteer and volunteer firefighter in the past was helpful in knowing what to do Monday morning.

She added that she plans to take basic EMT training from FM Ambulance, just in case she encounters any similar situations in the future while behind the wheel of her taxi cab.

"I drive the F-M area 11 hours a day, five days a week. Anything can happen," Kingsleigh said.

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