Community Heroes Awards Honour 28 Brave Lethbridge Residents

Mayor Chris Spearman and Fire Chief Rich Hildebrand to presented the awards to those who selflessly came to the aid of people in need.

Lethbridge Emergency Services offering their thanks to a group of outstanding residents Thursday morning (Oct. 5). Fire Chief Rich Hildebrand and Mayor Chris Spearman presented the 2017 Community Heroes Awards at City Hall to 28 people who stepped up to extinguish potentially dangerous fires, save someone's life during a health emergency and much more. "It's a great opportunity for us to reconnect with those folks that, in fact, we shared some sort of experience with," Hildebrand notes. "For us to be able to recognize them is a real honour. They are special citizens so we're excited about acknowledging that publicly and sharing a bit of their story." He adds that Emergency Services is always ready at a moment's notice and never wants residents to put themselves in danger, but certainly appreciates their brave efforts. -Sam Borsato
The 2017 recipients include:
- Chris Townsend and Cody Okana: Two Richardson Oilseed employees who extinguished a tank fire with a ladder, respirators, water and a 20-pound extinguisher;
- LeeAnne Jetten: A teacher who administered abdominal thrusts to save a student from choking on a candy;
- David Jensen: He heard an explosion and rushed to his neighbor's garage to extinguish a battery fire;
- Amanda Slywka: She offered comfort and care to a person who had a seizure on a city bus until EMS could arrive;
- Gaelyn Zielke: While driving home after midnight, she witnessed a fire and called 911;
- Carey Rowntree, Morgan Day, Neil Langevin, Sharon Olsen, Jonathan Dick, Nevin Morrison, Craig Oman, Mark Dechief and Tara Orser: All administrative, teaching and support staff at a local high school who jumped into action when a young student had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. The student was later transferred to a hospital in Calgary for further care;
- Rob Wright and Matt Mosby: Two TELUS employees who witnessed a fire at a multi-family building and used a ladder to rescue four people from a balcony;
- Leah Dormaar and Corinne Janzen: Leah found a client from her workplace in cardiac-respiratory arrest from an apparent overdose. The two called 911, administered a naloxone kit and performed CPR until EMS could arrive;
- Steve Crittenden: He extinguished a planter fire on a patio with garden hose;
- Riley Mitchell, Dominic Ford, Katelyn Botkin, Kevin Koyata, Cassidy Laflamme and Cindy Vandale: The employees of a large Lethbridge store put their first aid training into action when an adult male had a seizure and collapsed on the floor. As of now, the patient remains in hospital; and
- Cameron Peat and another unknown person: The two stayed with a badly injured cyclist who crashed in the river bottom. Emergency services are still trying to contact both Cameron and the unknown hero.

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