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Edmonton police officer reunited with girl he saved 18 years ago

Kailtyn Mason was only two in 1995 when Const. Ed McIsaac saved her life.
Kaitlyn Mason, 20, got to thank the man who saved her life 18 years ago when she was reunited with Insp. Ed McIsaac on Thursday. (CBC)

After nearly two decades, an Edmonton woman was able to thank the police officer who saved her life.

Kailtyn Mason was only a two-year-old child in 1995 when Const. Ed McIsaac saved her life.

McIsaac was in the middle of a call in Edmonton's Highlands neighbourhood when he heard Kaitlyn's mother screaming for help. He arrived to find Kaitlyn choking on a quarter in the backseat of the family's car.

Insp. Ed McIsaac was a young constable in 1995 when he saved Kaitlyn Mason's life. (Edmonton Police Service)

"She was blue, her lips were blue and her eyes were rolling back and she wasn't breathing," said McIsaac, now an inspector with EPS. 

McIsaac tried the Heimlich manoeuvre but when that failed, he placed the child on the ground and began CPR — the first time in his career he ever performed the life-saving action on a person.

"I don't think there's any ... words can't express how much we owe him," Kaitlyn's father Don Mason said. 

It's been an event that Mason has always known about. She has a newspaper clipping on her mirror and she still has the teddy bear McIsaac gave her at the time. But it's only now that she decided to meet him again and thank him. 

"Well, I'm 20 now, so that's a big milestone," Mason said. "So you really think about your life and where you're going, and what could have happened."

They met Thursday at Edmonton Police headquarters. McIsaac still remembers that day as a career-changing event.

"When I was asked on the day if it had actually made my day, I said actually, at that point it had made my year," he said. "But it has done more than that. It's a highlight of my career, for sure."

Since their meeting Thursday both Mason and McIsaac said they would like to continue to keep in touch.

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