St. Thomas man gets Chief’s Award for life-saving CPR effort in April

August 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Pickford

A St. Thomas man has been honoured by the Orangeville Police Service (OPS)  for the role he played in saving a local resident’s life back in April.

Bradley Payne, a 26-year-old hydro worker, was presented with the Chief’s Award Certificate in a special ceremony held at an Orangeville Police Services Board meeting on Aug. 9, recognizing his efforts during a “distressing incident” at a downtown restaurant in the spring.

Back on April 16, at approximately 9:40 p.m., OPS was called to a local restaurant to assist EMS with 47-year-old Bill Ferguson, who had been rendered unconscious after choking on food he was eating and at one point stopped breathing. Officers arrived to find Mr. Payne performing CPR on Mr. Ferguson.

Paramedics soon arrived on scene. They continued CPR, while also administering a defibrillator shock. Mr. Ferguson began breathing on his own and was transported to hospital for further treatment.

Mr. Payne, who was in the Orangeville area assisting with the restoration of power lines after a recent ice storm, is credited with saving Mr. Ferguson’s life.

“This is truly a good news story. Mr. Payne is a true hero. His quick actions ultimately saved the life of another person. This award is a small token of appreciation for this selfless efforts,” said Orangeville Police Chief Wayne Kalinski.

Election signs damaged

The Orangeville Police Service has reminded residents that damaging or removing candidates’ election signs is illegal.

“There has already been evidence of damage to election signs throughout the community,” the OPS said in a news release, which reminded residents “that these acts are criminal offences and if caught the perpetrators will be held accountable. The deliberate destruction or unlawful removal of these signs is governed by the Criminal Code of Canada. In addition, several of these signs are located on private property. Any person entering onto private property, without colour of right, in order to attempt to commit an illegal act in relation to election signs, is also committing the offence of trespassing.”

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