Two Red Deerians were among the “remarkable” Albertans recognized by the Lieutenant-Governor for their life-saving skills.
St. John Ambulance first-aid instructor Perry Tremblay was in a classroom May 3, 2018, when he was confronted by a real-life health episode.
When one of his students screamed and collapsed in seizures, Tremblay took swift action. He cleared the scene of potential hazards and made sure 9-1-1 was called.
Once the seizures stopped, Tremblay provided first-aid to the student, who had suffered facial injuries from hitting the floor. He applied dressings to control the bleeding. At the same time, he also reassured other students that the situation was under control.
Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell, who is vice-prior of the Order of St. John, awarded Tremblay with a Lifesaving Award Citation earlier this month.
She also presented the Lyle E. Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching St. John Ambulance Programs to Carol Stewart of central Alberta.
Stewart, who became a first-aid instructor in 1997, was honoured for her dedication, volunteerism and good rapport with students.
She serves in many roles, including as team teacher and mentor for new instructors at the Red Deer Centre for St. John Ambulance.
The social worker also teaches first-aid at Lacombe Junior High School, where she works.
She has a certification in casualty simulation, and so has contributed to many provincial first-aid competitions. Stewart is also a volunteer with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.
Forty-six Albertans were recognized in several categories by Mitchell at a June 1 ceremony at the legislature.