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First responders, police and paramedics are greatly appreciated by a St Lazare family

Image courtesy of Service de Sécurité Incendie ville Saint-Lazare on Facebook

It is in the company of his family members that Mr. Robert McEwen, a 65-year-old resident of St. Lazare, visited the Ville de Saint-Lazare fire station on Thursday, March 31, 2022, to meet and thank the responders who contributed to saving his life.

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, early evening, Kelly McEwen found her father lying on the ground, unconscious. She immediately called the emergency services and began CPR. Quickly, the team of three first responders (PR) arrived on site.

The latter confirmed the cardiac arrest (ACR) and continued the maneuvers jointly with the police of la Sûreté du Quebec by administering 3 shocks with the automatic external defibrillator (DEA). Then, the paramedics of the Cooperative of the ambulance technicians of la Montérégie (CETAM) took care of the patient upon their arrival to continue the maneuvers.

A first responder and a police officer accompanied the paramedics by ambulance, to continue the CCR and to maintain blood circulation, towards Lakeshore General Hospital, where M. McEwen was resuscitated.

After recovering from this incident, Mr. McEwen wanted to meet and warmly thank the responders who helped save his life.

Daniel Boyer, Director of the Public Safety and Fire Safety Service, stressed the importance of the pre-hospital intervention chain during his speech, by referring to all the actions and interventions that are undertaken by various responders to help a person in an emergency and teamwork between the various parties. For the patient, every minute counts.


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