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Paramedic Service urges citizens to learn CPR to save lives

May 27, 2016 - Today Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service announced their 2015 summary of cardiac arrest calls. Over the course of the year, they responded to 118 cardiac arrests, of which 18% of patients survived. This is above the provincial standard.

Of the survivors, in all but one case, citizen CPR had been performed. One of the lives was saved because of the use of a Public  Access Defibrillator (PAD).

Paramedic Service Chief Keith Kirkpatrick reports, “We want the public to know how important it is to be trained in CPR and to have the availability of a PAD. These two resources together greatly improves the outcome for the patients.”

Cardiac arrest patients in 2015 were 72% male, with the average age being 65 years, and the youngest being only three months old.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, but with the right resources in place, such as citizen CPR and early defibrillation, the outcome can be significantly improved.

Today, Mayor Andy Letham recognized the contributions of many of our citizens in saving lives at a ceremony during Paramedics in the Park in Lindsay. A few stories of cardiac arrest saves in our community are below.

  • Citizen Peter Power was saved by Jordan Holmes on May 10, 2015 while golfing at Byrnell Golf Course in Fenelon Falls.  Jordan truly is a hero by recognizing and intervening with both CPR and the use of a PAD. Due to Jordan’s actions, Mr. Powers was resuscitated prior to Paramedic arrival. This allows Paramedics to manage a critically ill person, instead of trying to revive someone.
  • Citizen Frederick (Rick) Palladini was saved by two off duty nurses, Teresa Ralph and Sarah Jackman on January 11, 2016. They stopped at a minor motor vehicle accident and recognized that Mr. Palladini required CPR.  Paramedics arrived and continued their efforts and Mr. Palladini was resuscitated in the ambulance.
  • Citizen Lorraine Couvier performed CPR on March 25, 2016. When Lorraine became exhausted she did not stop resuscitation but had the presence of mind to coach another citizen to continue CPR until Paramedics arrived.  Lorraine had just learned CPR from community Paramedics at her employer, Canadian Tire. Unfortunately the person she tried to help succumbed to his illness two weeks later. However, Lorraine’s actions should be recognized as she did everything she could, and provided the family with precious last days together.
  • On February 3, 2016 a three month old baby was found not breathing by his mother and 911 was summoned.  Kawartha Lakes Police Constable Darren Moore was first on scene and performed CPR until Paramedics arrived.  The baby was resuscitated and transported by Paramedics to hospital.

“We salute the courage and selflessness of the citizens who have helped to save lives in our community this year. We hope their stories will encourage others to take life-saving CPR training,” comments Mayor Andy Letham.

 Youth Award at Paramedics in the Park

Youth Award at Paramedics in the Park

 Dignitaries at Paramedics in the Park

Dignitaries at Paramedics in the Park


For more information please contact:

Keith Kirkpatrick
Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service
705-878-1284 extension 3310

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