Gard­land praised for med­i­cal re­sponse

Car­bon­ear na­tive Joey Gar­land praised for re­sponse to emer­gency

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

Car­bon­ear na­tive Joey Gar­land’s quick re­ac­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism helped pro­long the life of an el­derly man who suf­fered a heart at­tack at a hockey arena in On­tario late last month. Gar­land re­flects on the in­ci­dent, which saw the man die three days later.

Joey Gar­land was ex­press­ing mixed feel­ings last week when asked about his re­sponse to a se­ri­ous med­i­cal emer­gency at the Slee­man Cen­tre in Guelph, Ont., last month.

Gar­land, a na­tive of Car­bon­ear, is the ath­letic ther­a­pist with the Windsor Spit­fires of the On­tario Hockey League.

Prior to the start of a game be­tween the vis­it­ing Spit­fires and the Storm at the arena on Oct. 22, some­one ran up to Gar­land and told him a man had col­lapsed in the me­dia room.

When Gar­land and Shane Mabey, the ath­letic ther­a­pist for the Storm, got to the room, 80-year-old me­dia room at­ten­dant Carl Costello was ly­ing on the floor. He had suf­fered a mas­sive heart at­tack.

Gar­land quickly started chest com­pres­sions, and it was quickly de­cided that Costello would need a shock from a de­fib­ril­la­tor to get his heart started.

Gar­land raced to the Guelph dress­ing room to col­lect the de­vice.

“ We got a shock in in the first cou­ple of min­utes and that got ( his heart) started,” Gar­land told The Windsor Star.

Within min­utes, Costello was in the back of an am­bu­lance and on his way to hos­pi­tal, and Gar­land and was be­ing praised for his quick re­ac­tion.

“It’s no sur­prise,” Spit­fires head coach Bob Jones told The Star. “He just re­acts. He’s a pro like I haven’t seen in ju­nior in a long time. He’s just tremen­dous at his job.”

Un­for­tu­nately, Costello never re­gained con­scious­ness and passed away three days later.

“ On the whole, be­tween my­self and the other team’s trainer, we did all we could to man­age the sit­u­a­tion,” Gar­land told The Com­pass last week. “ But there are al­ways the lit­tle things you think you could have done bet­ter.”

Gar­land said he was proud to be able to help, and said “it’s a spe­cial feel­ing know­ing he left there alive and we had ex­tended his life be­cause of our ac­tions. And the fam­ily ap­pre­ci­ated be­ing able to see him while he was still alive, even though he was un­con­scious.”

Gard­land said the in­ci­dent helped put things in per­spec­tive, and he re­al­izes now more than ever that there are more im­por­tant things than hockey.

“I was just try­ing to help out, but you al­ways want to be ready for any­thing. That’s why we’re in there and the league does a good job of mak­ing sure we’re pre­pared on and off the ice.”

Joey Gar­land is the ath­letic ther­a­pist with the Windsor Spit­fires of the On­tario Hockey League.

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