Saskatoon

5 Saskatoon people recognized for lifesaving work

Saskatoon's MD Ambulance held a special ceremony this afternoon to acknowledge two groups of people that helped save lives this year.

Lifeguards, bystanders saved 2 people with help from automated external defibrillator

Lifesaver Karene Villanoa flanked by MD Ambulance's Gerry Schreimer and Mayor Charlie Clark. (CBC News)

Saskatoon's MD Ambulance held a special ceremony this afternoon to acknowledge two groups of people that helped save lives this year.

In May, a 54-year-old man went into cardiac arrest while swimming at the Lakewood Civic Centre. Two lifeguards pulled the man from the pool, along with another city employee and shocked him with an automated external defibrillator.

Then, on Dec. 3, a 38-year-old man collapsed while playing basketball at Holy Cross High School. Two bystanders watching the game immediately started CPR and shocked the man with the school's AED.

MD Ambulance said neither man would have lived without the intervention of these good Samaritans.

All five people received a special certificate from MD Ambulance chief of EMS Gerry Schriemer and Mayor Charlie Clark.

So far, the ambulance service says 900 businesses have AEDs in their buildings and 23 lives have been saved by the machines so far.

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