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Winnipeg Men Recognized for Saving Hockey Teammate

March 11, 2014 4:27 PM | News

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has recognized two men who assisted their hockey teammate when he fell to the ice and suffered a heart attack.

Dan Szun and Ron Klippenstein received the WFPS Citizen Recognition Award on Tuesday for their bravery in jumping into action when the incident occurred in December. The men were playing a weekly pickup hockey game at the Glenwood Community Centre when Jim Kirby collapsed on the ice and had shortness of breath.

Szun began CPR with the help of a 911 dispatcher, while Klippenstein administered a shock of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

“These gentlemen deserve to be recognized for their role in helping save the life of their teammate,” said Bill Clark, Acting Chief of Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “I encourage all citizens to learn more about AED machines and to know the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. A small amount education can save lives.”

Paramedics arrived to find Kirby unconscious, but breathing on his own and with a strong heartbeat.

“I’m so thankful that my teammates knew what to do that day and grateful that I’m able to thank them in person here today,” Kirby said.

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