Two Winnipeg men who saved a teammate's life during a hockey game in December are being recognized by the city's fire department for their quick actions.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service awarded its first Citizen Recognition Award on Tuesday to Ron Klippenstein and Dan Szun, who came to the aid of Jim Kirby when he suffered a heart attack at the Glenwood Community Centre during a regular pickup game on Dec. 14.

Szun and Klippenstein used an automated external defibrillator (AED) inside the community club to keep Kirby alive until paramedics arrived.

Jim Kirby

Kirby says he doesn't remember the heart attack, but he's thankful for what his teammates did to keep him alive. (CBC)

"I'm very happy to be here today. And it's largely thanks to Dan and Ron that, and their quick action, that helped me pull through," Kirby told reporters at Tuesday's ceremony.

Kirby said he doesn't remember the incident, but he's thankful for what his friends did.

"I don't really remember any of the things here on the ice, or even the first few days at the hospital. So thanks, thanks very much," he said.

Fire officials say all Winnipeggers should understand the signs and symptoms of heart attacks and learn how to use defibrillators.

Officials noted that the AED at the Glenwood Community Centre, which was donated by Crosstown Credit Union, had been used for one other medical emergency prior to Kirby's heart attack.