Animal Services Officer Roman saves S.E. Portland woman’s life

Ms. Eve Martin knew she was having a heart attack. But instead of calling 9-1-1, she called Animal Services. Although concerned about her health, she was more concerned about Asparagus, her cat.

When Animal Control Officer Roman arrived to the women’s apartment, she calmly made the request. “Please, take care of my cat. I think I am having a heart attack.” Officer Roman asked if she had called 9-1-1, but Eve had not.

“I want to make sure my cat is taken care of first.” Although she insisted in seeking help on her own, Officer Roman made the emergency call without her knowledge and the paramedics arrived within minutes.

The medics were following procedures by suggesting she be taken to the hospital closest to her home. However, Eve had been there twice before and was requesting to be taken to the Portland Adventist Hospital instead. Roman made it happen. Within two hours of arriving to the hospital, Eve was in surgery.

After a six-day stay in the hospital, Ms. Martin called Multnomah County Animal Services to express her gratitude.

“There is no doubt about it. Officer Roman saved my life,” she said. “Asparagus, who was cared for by the shelter while I was in the hospital, is right here next to me on my bed.”