PIX 11 News reunites officer with girl he saved twice from fatal overdose (Part 4)

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NEWNAN, Georgia (PIX11)-- When Nikki Motta sent an email to the Suffolk County Police Department, on September 22, 2014, asking to meet, and thank, Police Officer Matthew Siesto—I knew her story was special. Officer Siesto had saved Motta’s life twice in the same month—October 2012—using the miracle drug, Narcan.

The first time, Nikki Motta was suffering a heroin overdose in a pickup truck parked near Modell’s in the Centereach Mall. Siesto recalled the 19-year old had “blue lips and blue tinge on the face.”

He took out his emergency Narcan kit and sprayed one dose in one of Motta’s nostrils—and another dose in the second nostril. Nikki Motta was saved.

Less than 30 days later, on October 29, 2012, Motta’s mother, Debbie Austin, came home from work early, because the lights went out at her job, due to Hurricane Sandy.

She found her youngest daughter overdosing, at home, in the bedroom.

Austin called 911 and the same officer responded to Motta’s emergency again.

“I woke up, and he said ‘How many times do you think I can keep saving you?’” Motta recalled to PIX 11 News recently. “And then I said, ‘Nobody keeps telling you to save me.’”

That second overdose in 2012 was not enough to stop Motta from using heroin back then.

She hit “rock bottom” a year later, after getting kicked out of a behavioral therapy center in South Carolina.

PIX11 found a way to make it happen. The Suffolk County Police Department agreed to let Officer Siesto visit Newnan, Georgia for a day, when PIX 11 offered to fly him down.

PIX11 found a way to make it happen. The Suffolk County Police Department agreed to let Officer Siesto visit Newnan, Georgia for a day, when PIX 11 offered to fly him down.

She was homeless and living in the cold.

Her mother decided to use “tough love” and wouldn’t let her come home.

A couple that had met Motta at a motorcycle school in Orlando, Fla., picked her up and took Motta to their home in Georgia.

Nikki Motta stayed in Georgia and said she’s now been clean since November 20, 2013. She decided to write the Suffolk County Police Department this year, so she could somehow meet and thank Officer Siesto and “show him the person I’ve become.”

Motta got a job at the Yamaha Motor Corporation in Newnan, Georgia back in the spring, rented an apartment nearby, and drives a car. She fervently hoped she could somehow meet the man she now calls her angel.

PIX11 found a way to make it happen. The Suffolk County Police Department agreed to let Officer Siesto visit Newnan, Georgia for a day, when PIX 11 offered to fly him down.

You can witness the incredible moment by watching the link with this report—and learn the “back story” on how Nikki Motta got involved with heroin.

Motta now works hard and works out, and told PIX11: “I just want back my happiness. I want to be a normal person. I wake up, and I love to go to my job. I love who I am today.”

Digital producer: Jeremy Tanner



  • Victoria

    What a wonderful article. Officer Siesto is obviously a great cop and dedicated to the force. SCPD is fortunate to have officers like him. Wished there were more cops that gave a damn.

  • Ricardo Campbell

    Saw your news story on TV last night and was very enthused that something is being done about this epidemic. I would like to see a similar story about the kids in the inner boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

    • Anthony

      Heroin abuse and overdoses are NOT an epidemic. An epidemic doesn’t allow the CHOICE to live or die, or the CHOICE to make yourself better and stop what’s killing you. Stop victimizing junkies.

      • Daisy

        Using drugs is a choice, that can turn into a mental illness. If someone with any mental illness chooses to not work on their problem it effects those around them and can result in death. In turn, if they choose to work on getting better, many can live happy lives,

  • Anthony

    Next time let her die. She obviously didn’t care enough, after the first time she was revived, not to do it again. It’s nice that she’s clean for almost a year now, but if she’s dumb enough to go back to being a junkie, let her OD. Sad but true.

  • Geri Koehler

    Thank you for sharing. I heard this story. I beleive this is an officer that was with my son when he overdosed. Unfortunately he dies that day. There is always hope for an addict…

  • Ms. Mackey

    Dope been around for years why is this news now is it because to many white ppl using it smh u call them nice ppl all ppl that use this drug starts out nice I haven’t seen no interview with any African Americans why is that no one in my family has this problem but I know it’s not a color that but that’s the way ur news looks like it Long Island Staten Island wat bout Bklyn Harlem

    • Mary Murphy

      Ms. Mackey, We made the point, at the beginning of the series, that painkiller/heroin addiction was
      infiltrating new regions of the city and state–and the addicts who were fatally overdosing, at the fastest rate, were YOUNG people….many from the white, middle class….in places like Staten Island. We stated on the first night, in the studio, that the Bronx had the largest number of fatal heroin overdoses in 2013–with many of the casualties Hispanic men in their late 40’s and early 50’s. I have been a reporter for 30 years. From 1985-1990, I covered the violent crack cocaine epidemic practically everyday here in New York, which impacted many African American communities. During that time–most of the stories I reported on concerned the innocent people who were caught in the “crossfire” on playgrounds and on the streets. Victims of drug violence–and
      the family heartache caused by drug addiction–are found everywhere.

      • Anthony


        With all due respect, it’s sad that even as a reporter you still refer to this as an “epidemic”. An epidemic is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. Infectious disease are the key words here. A huge outbreak of Ebola is an epidemic. Voluntary drug use by stupid teens is not. Frankly I’m sick and tired of society AND the media being overly sensitive and sympathetic to people who are NOT victims in situations like this. This girl’s life was saved by the same officer not once, but TWICE. If she didn’t care enough to STOP the drugs (or at least get help for it) after the first time, why should we care? If this was a homeless adult and they OD’d on the street, there’s a pretty good chance it would have turned into a Kitty Genovese situation. People would have stepped over them and kept about their business, seeing the “victim” as just a “junkie”.

        How come there are so many different standards and levels of interest in the lives of people who abuse drugs, depending on their social status and age? When someone like Lindsey Lohan or Whitney Houston, when she was alive, was all drugged out and doing crazy things in public, society and the media said “Wow, she’s on something and acting crazy!” with a sort of laugh and turned it into a selling point for their magazine or website. Comedians make jokes about them being junkies and it’s accepted nationwide. Once Whitney died, she was a saint who apparently had “demons”. No one can say a negative word about her now. So that means that if you’re famous and on drugs, we can make fun of you, call you a junkie, and laugh at any kind of misfortune you have while you’re high LITERALLY until the day you die. However since this is a teenager, it’s SO wrong to call them names or to suggest their life NOT be saved next time because they’re a junkie. If they don’t value their own life, why should we? It’s the standard we hold for celebrities, why not for regular people?

        I really wish I had a forum to make this clear to people. This country may physically be the strongest, but it’s emotionally the weakest. Heroin use, or any other drug use, is NOT an epidemic. Heroin use is a VOLUNTARY action. As I said before, being the victim of an epidemic does NOT give you a choice whether or not you want to participate in helping to end your own life. Either you become a victim because you’re infected or you don’t.

  • Jess

    Glad to see a Journalist take the time to read and respond to comments. It’s professional to acknowledge the ‘audience.’

  • armetta

    Anthony I totally understand your frustration how some people are treated poorly when it comes down to how we choose to live our lives, but remember this whether you are a drug user, drug dealer, etc . God is the Only One who will determine where we will spend the rest of our lives when we leave our earthly body, it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, so don’t let people cause you to be bitter on how they treat each other. Just pray for each other

  • Drugs Detroy

    As the sister of a heroin addict, I can speak to what a horrible drug it is. My sister stole my kids piggy banks, stole from my mom driving her to an early grave. In September of 2013 my stepfather passed. It was a few days before the police would do a welfare check. He spent a few days on the floor of his Arizona home, before the police went in. While I was on my way there, my sister broke into the house, used my mothers quilts to flop over my stepdads bodily fluids to steal anything of monetary value. The police refused to even take a report as it was a “civil” matter. I explained to them that even though she was my sister, she was a stranger to me.

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