Medavie Health Services West honoured 7 Saskatoon bystanders today for saving two people's lives with AED's.
Two separate incidents occurred last year when two men in their forties went into cardiac arrest while playing sports. The first incident happened at Bethlehem High School when a man playing basketball went into cardiac arrest, prompting 5 Shaw Centre employees to respond with an AED. The second incident took place in June at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club when 41 year old, Michael Isley collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Luckily for Isley, two off duty paramedics were golfing that day and witnessed Isley collapse. The two paramedics responded quickly and shocked Isley with the AED. Isley says "it was a complete surprise to me... you know, there wasn't... a you know many, many things that, that led me to believe that this would happen." Isley adds others should get check ups to make sure others don't experience the same situation that he did. Both Blaine Lake EMS Paramedic, Brandon Blondeau and his father Doctor Joesph Blondeau, who responded to Isley along with the 5 Shaw Centre employees, Chintan Patel, Kianna Parsons, Stephanie Weeks, Stephanie Camacho, and Victoria Willis all received awards today honouring their heroric efforts.