Rescue efforts applauded
Bob Hamel and Mary McKenzie were with friends on New Year’s Eve when suddenly Bob collapsed. Immediately, three friends stepped in to provide first aid until the paramedics arrived. Unfortunately all efforts failed to save Mr. Hamel’s life. Because of the efforts of his friends to provide emergency assistance, they were honoured recently with Rescuer Awards from the Red Cross. Dan Beach, Rick Evans and Grant Rathwell received the award at a ceremony June 18 at Sunningdale School. The award is provided to recognize the efforts of individuals who voluntarily respond to assist others during an emergency. Rescuer awards, sponsored by Wal-Mart, are presented to non-professional rescuers or offduty first responders who have volunteered to save a life, prevented further injury or provided comfort to the injured. Children who are not trained in first aid but provide help are also eligible to be nominated for the award. Brenda Hendrickson, a city employee who works at city hall, was also honoured for her efforts in assisting Jim Crampton who was in the building to pay a bill. When he collapsed and fell, hitting his head and suffering other injuries, Hendrickson quickly went to his side to offer assistance. Mr. Crampton recovered from his injuries and met Hendrickson at the ceremony. This is the second rescuer award for Hendrickson. A few years ago she performed CPR for a fellow employee who had suffered a heart attack. Another man involved in the city hall situation was Bill Fraser who was unable to attend the awards presentation but will be honoured at a later date. While Hendrickson applied stimulation to Crampton’s chest, Fraser monitored his breathing and was prepared to do CPR if required.