Man’s life saved thanks to quick response

Certificates of commendation have been presented to Steve Stewart and Steve Parks along with Abbotsford fire fighters.

Colin James Lewis (right) is alive thanks to some quick action by Steve Parks and Steve Stewart. The men performed CPR on Lewis who suffered a heart attack on April 17

Certificates of commendation have been presented to Steve Stewart and Steve Parks, along with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Captain Jim Durvin and firefighters Tom Dodd, Scott Ellis and Greg Herron.

The awards were presented Monday night at Abbotsford city council and stem from an incident which took place on April 17.

A cardiac arrest call came in from the Sevenoaks Alliance Church and when the fire crew pulled up to the scene, they found a man lying, lifeless in the parking lot.

Two men (Stewart and Parks) were performing CPR. Firefighters used a defibrillator, twice, and the man suddenly came to.

Colin James Lewis, a 73-year-old White Rock resident, immediately looked at the firefighters and asked what was going on.

The man was taken to Abbotsford hospital and received emergency bypass surgery.

On Monday, Lewis was in Abbotsford to take part in the commendation ceremony.

“Miracles do happen,” said Lewis as he thanked the fire crew and the “two Steves.”

Lewis is expected to make  full recovery.

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