3 Mounties, 8 minutes, 1 life

North Vancouver

2020-06-09 07:17 PDT

File # 2020-14239

Around 6:45 AM on Saturday, May 30, an early morning phone call to the North Vancouver RCMP watch desk prompted the day’s watch commander to holler into the patrol room. "There’s a man down in front of the Detachment!" She made the announcement to the handful of officers who were in the patrol room preparing for morning briefing, scrolling through emails and organizing paperwork while their watch-mates finished gearing up their duty belts in preparation for the day. Moments later, a North Vancouver RCMP officer was donning personal protective equipment while hurrying down the front steps. She headed toward the man, who lay motionless on a bench in the Detachment courtyard.

"He was in obvious medical distress," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "He had a weak pulse and was barely breathing. The officer immediately suspected that the man had overdosed on drugs." Using one of her Naloxone nasal spray dispensers, she administered a dose before calling for paramedics and additional officers. "The first dose had no effect, so she gave him a second one, but that made no difference either." When the officer checked the man’s vital signs again, she found he had no pulse.

Two more officers arrived. Together they lifted the man to the ground and began giving chest compressions. "Anyone who has ever given chest compressions knows how tiring it is. So, in order to ensure they were giving the most effective CPR, after about a minute, the second officer took over. The next minute, the third officer switched in. They took turns like this for 8 minutes until paramedics arrived."

Paramedics took the man to local hospital where he remained in serious condition for a number of days. He has now made a full recovery.

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Sgt. Peter DeVries

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North Vancouver RCMP
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