Par­ents of RCMP Cor­po­ral Trevor O’Keefe make do­na­tion in his hon­our

Pierre and Biddy O’Keefe present do­nated de­fib­ril­la­tor to South­ern Shore Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports -

Their son may have lost his life, but Pierre and Biddy O’Keefe want to help en­sure no­body else loses theirs.

The par­ents of the RCMP Cor­po­ral Trevor O’Keefe, who took his own life last year, do­nated a de­fib­ril­la­tor to the Burnt Cove-Bauline-St. Michael’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre re­cently.

The de­vice comes by way of an ini­tia­tive to sup­port fallen first re­spon­ders by Canada’s 911 Ride, which se­lected O’Keefe be­cause of his com­mu­nity-fo­cused vol­un­teer work.

Pierre and Biddy se­lected the South­ern Shore com­mu­nity cen­tre to re­ceive the equip­ment in or­der to keep it close to where the late RCMP of­fi­cer grew up.

A plaque ac­com­pa­ny­ing the de­fib­ril­la­tor reads, “The life sav­ing ‘Mikey’ de­fib­ril­la­tor was ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe by his lov­ing fam­ily, friends and riders of the Canada’s 911 Ride, At­lantic re­gion, so he may con­tinue to serve his com­mu­nity.” O’Keefe died Sept. 11 at age 47. His death by sui­cide high­lighted the is­sue of post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) — a se­ri­ous is­sue that many po­lice of­fi­cers and other first re­spon­ders deal with.

It shocked many and started a con­ver­sa­tion about how to bet­ter deal with PTSD and pro­vide the sup­ports needed to first re­spon­ders.

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Pierre and Biddy O’Keefe (cen­tre), par­ents of RCMP fallen mem­ber Cor­po­ral Trevor O’Keefe, at­tended the Burnt Cove-Bauline-St. Michael’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to present a de­fib­ril­la­tor, do­nated in mem­ory of their son, as a part of an ini­tia­tive in sup­port of fallen first re­spon­ders by Canada’s 911 Ride, At­lantic Re­gion. The cou­ple are flanked by Wit­less Bay Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Chief Paul Evoy (left) and com­mu­nity cen­tre rep­re­sen­ta­tive Amanda Martin.

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RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe.

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