Sur­vivors of­fer their thanks

Northum­ber­land County’s first re­spon­ders hon­oured for help­ing oth­ers

Northumberland Today - - LOCAL NEWS - PETE FISHER pfisher@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/NT_p­fisher

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.

PETE FISHER/NORTHUM­BER­LAND TO­DAY

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.

PETE FISHER/NORTHUM­BER­LAND TO­DAY

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.

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