Survivors offer their thanks
Northumberland County’s first responders honoured for helping others
COBOURG - Northumberland County’s first responders were honoured at an annual Survivor’s Day event at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre on Tuesday evening.
Fourteen stories were told in front of the emergency responders, their families and the families of the survivors during the evening.
“Our first responders are responsible for the protection and preservation of life in the early stages of an emergency,” stated County Warden Mark Walas.
“In our times of greatest need, we often find ourselves relying on their skills, professionalism and compassion.”
Each recipient received certificate, known as a Lightning Bolt Award and were congratulated by dignitaries including Northumberland County Paramedics Chief Bill Detlor and numerous fire chiefs from across the County.
The Survivor Day event is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the vital importance of CPR training among the general public.
Seventy-five-year-old Gerald Brown spoke to Northumberland Today and said he remembers everything about the day he was successfully defibrillated on June 3, 2016.
“I was taking a load to the dump in Bewdley and we got to the 7th Line and my shoulder started to hurt. My shoulder started hurting and my arm so I pulled over.”
His grandson was riding with him and Brown told him to call his daughter to bring his nitro medication from the tow shop he owns in his car.
“She was on her way and Zachary phoned 911 for me and I went to lay down and he said ‘you’re not going to lay down Grampa.’ I said ‘why not?’ and he said, ‘because the girl on the 911 said to make him sit up.’
Brown listened to his grandson and soon after the emergency services arrived on scene.
In 1966 Brown and a friend were blown out of a boat on Rice Lake and members of the Bewdley Fire Department rescued them, so he knew he was in good hands when emergency services arrived.
Shortly after being placed in the ambulance by firefighters and paramedics the discussion was whether to take him to Peterborough or Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg.
“When I woke up the paramedic said you’ve just made up our mind up, we’re going to Peterborough.”
Brown said the event on Tuesday was amazing and it was the first time seeing emergency responders.
“How else can you say thank you to someone who saved your life?”
It’s not the first time Brown has been defibrillated. Three years ago he suffered a heart attack at the hospital in Cobourg, once in the ambulance, and later when he was in Peterborough hospital.
“I know paramedics do a great job, I’ve seen it,” he said referring to his time as a tow truck operator.
“Make sure they get credit for what they did,” Brown told this reporter. “It’s important to me.”
Northumberland County CAO Jennifer Moore said the event was a wonderful opportunity to focus on the full circle of pre-hospital care.
“From the supportive bystanders who jump into action, to the teamwork among responding emergency services personnel in making the ultimate difference in someone’s life,” she said.
Gerald Brown receives a hug from Northumberland County paramedic Giselle Philp as Northumberland County paramedic Angie Morrison is congratulated by Northumberland County Warden Mark Walas. Survivor Day 2017 was held at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre on Tuesday in Cobourg, Ont. Emergency services throughout Northumberland County were recognized for their part in saving a persons life.
Northumberland County paramedic Tracy Pigden is congratulated by Northumberland County Fire Chief's along with Paramedic Chief's for her role in helping to save the life of an individual.