2019 June 13
Cst Jeff Palmer
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BC Emergency Health Services has honoured two West Vancouver Police Officers with Vital Link awards for a roadside response to a man in a life-threatening medical crisis.
On December 12, 2018, officers were flagged over on Highway #1 near Caulfeild Drive to help an overdosed man in cardiac arrest.
Cst. Matt Plant and Cst. Rob De Roos are being commended by BC EHS for their response including administration of naloxone and effective, high-quality Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Paramedics arrived soon after and the male was revived and taken to hospital for treatment.
BC Emergency Health Services presents Vital Link Awards to honour those who perform CPR during an emergency, providing a vital link to a patient’s successful survival.
All West Vancouver Police officers carry Naloxone overdose response kits on duty and annually re-certify in CPR, and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED).
West Vancouver Unit Chief Katherine Ewing and North Vancouver Unit Chief Nick Smith presented the awards to Cst. Plant and Cst. De Roos, accompanied by BCEHS paramedics involved in the call.
West Vancouver Police Chief Constable Len Goerke joined in praise of the officers, “We’re very proud of the work by Matt and Rob and appreciate the acknowledgement from a vital partner like BCEHS,” says Goerke, “Preparing for circumstances like this is an important part of ongoing training for all WVPD officers. We’re grateful that the training paid off when it was needed most.”