The CSP took great pleasure in presenting Tim Lockwood with a lifesaving award at the NAC in Montreal in May, 2015. Tim Lockwood has been a CSP patroller for 18 years and an instructor trainer for the past 12 years. Tim is also currently working through the various levels of paramedic certification.
On Sunday morning, October 12, 2014, Tim took his two young daughters with him to church for the 9 a.m. mass. Just before 10, he was getting up in the pew when he noticed a sudden commotion across the aisle. A man had collapsed in between the pews right across the aisle from Tim.
He ran over to see what was happening and if he could help. A fellow church member called for someone to phone 911. When he arrived, he found the man unresponsive, with no carotid pulse. Working with another church member to move the unresponsive man into the aisle, Tim rolled him onto his back and reassessed pulse, while a nurse did the same on the other side. Neither of them could detect anything, so they undid the man’s shirt and jacket and Tim started CPR, calling out to the church member on the phone to let 911 dispatch know that CPR had been started.
Tim completed 30 compressions and then realized he didn’t have a mask, nor did anyone around him. He quickly checked for a pulse and found nothing. The nurse with him confirmed this, so Tim continued with compression-only CPR. After another 30 seconds or so, the man slowly started to breathe. Tim stopped CPR to reassess and this time found a weak carotid pulse. Gradually the pulse strengthened and breathing continued to improve. He still had a decreased level of consciousness, but his eyes were opening slightly. The man then started to vomit, so Tim rolled him into the recovery position to maintain his airway.
Tim then updated 911 dispatch and unsuccessfully tried to gather information from the man. Suddenly aware of all the people around him, including his daughters, Tim let everyone know that things were improving and made sure they were all okay.
As the man became more alert, he was very confused. Tim tried to explain what had happened and continued to monitor him until the ambulance arrived. A quick assessment by the paramedics showed good blood pressure and a strong heartbeat, but the man was still quite dazed. Tim assisted paramedics, and now a fire crew, in loading the patient into the ambulance. Later he learned that the gentleman had made it to hospital without any further incident and was still improving.
Tim later received an email from his unit chief, Darryl Stroet, in which he stated, “The knowledge that Tim has from working as a ski patrol and being a part time paramedic, made it easy for him to recognize that this man was in trouble. The quick action and his calm demeanour with quality CPR made all the difference in saving his life.”
Tim later posted his experience at this incident on Facebook. In one of the posts he said, “I really wanted to spread how important it is to know CPR and the current “push hard and fast” focus we use …” In another follow-up Facebook post Tim added, “Last weekend I had the pleasure of chatting with him at church again and learned that he had just been released from hospital after receiving a pacemaker. Also it turns out that, in his younger years, he worked as an ambulance attendant in his community for about 10 years. He told me he always wondered how the people felt that he did CPR on and now he knew. We got to share some words and then said our goodbyes. It was a moment I will cherish …”