Res­cue ef­forts ap­plauded

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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.

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