Thursday, June 23, 2011
This is a hero story, all he said to us was "yeah somebody was on the ground, I helped him out till the ambulance came by"
WINNIPEG - A Cornwall man is being called a hero after he helped save a fellow runner’s life in Sunday’s Manitoba Marathon.
Shawn Crockett, 48, was about halfway through the half-marathon when he came across a man who had collapsed.
“As I went by a woman was calling 911 ... they rolled him over ... and said he had no pulse, so I just started doing CPR,” Crockett said Wednesday from his home in Cornwall.
“I think the training kicked in. I’ve been taking first aid courses since I was about 18 years old.”
The man, who is reported to be in his 40s or 50s, suffered a cardiac arrest. Thanks to the quick thinking of Crockett and the fast paramedic response, he survived and is now recovering in hospital.
Marathon medics put a plea out Wednesday morning to local media in hopes of finding the Good Samaritan who continued his run after paramedics took over. In all the commotion, the hero’s name or marathon number was never noted.
Crockett was identified before noon, and will now be receiving an award from the Manitoba Marathon for his efforts.
“It was nice that he helped a fellow man, and a fellow runner,:” said Gerry Desjardins, command centre medical dispatcher with the Manitoba Marathon.
“When this gentleman gets out of the hospital, boy is he going to be happy.”
Crockett was in Winnipeg for a family reunion, and about a dozen of his family members were involved in marathon events. He said the experience was “surreal.”
“There was a lot of adrenaline, a lot of emotion,” he said. “I’m just glad the gentleman’s fine. One of the things I was thinking when I was running the last half was, ‘I hope somebody would stop for me if something ever happened to me.’”
Once his identity became known on Wednesday, Crockett was surprised by all of the attention.
“It’s amazing how many phone calls have been coming today,” he said. “It’s very strange for me. I try to be a low-key person and stay out of the spotlight. This is just a little overwhelming today.”
Crockett, who is a technical instructor with NAV Canada, is required to take first aid courses for his job.
This isn’t the first time he’s had to use CPR on a stranger — several years ago he helped save a man’s life in Cornwall.
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