New West cop helps save a life
New Westminster police are crediting one of their own in helping save a 65-year-old woman’s life last Saturday.
An officer and her recruit came across a stopped ambulance in the 200 block of Columbia Street with its emergency lights flashing and the paramedics franticly opening compartments and pulling out a defibrillator.
During a transfer the patient had gone into cardiac arrest requiring both paramedics to help leaving no one to drive the ambulance. The constable was trained in CPR so she took over chest compressions while one of the paramedics drove to Royal Columbian Hospital and the recruit followed in the police car.
The patient was revived just as they pulled into the parking lot and she was rushed into the emergency ward. Police say the woman is recovering.