CPR Saves Lives

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:50 a.m. May 22, 2018
Updated: 2:49 p.m. May 22, 2018

Quick thinking by a 53 Division officer helped to save the life a young girl in medical distress.

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David Hong, Court Officer Mikaela Murray and Court Services Manager Eaton Hyde

On September 8, 2016, Constable Tony Ngo and his partner were heading back to the station when a “hotshot” call came over the radio.

“There wasn’t much information to go on other than a female was in medical distress requiring all services,” he recalled, of the high priority call called out by the dispatcher.

When Ngo arrived at the scene, he saw a man holding a child in his arms.

“That was the father and the girl appeared to be lifeless,” said the officer. “She was turning blue so I ushered the man inside, did a quick assessment and realized she didn’t have a pulse. Her airway didn’t seem to be obstructed, so I started doing CPR. After a few minutes, something like a solid yellow disfigured object came out of her mouth

Ngo, who joined the Service a decade ago and has worked at 51 Division and with the Homicide Unit, was among several Toronto Police Service members honoured on April 25 by St. John’s Ambulance for helping to save lives.

Court officer Mikaela Murray and her partner David Hong were on their way to see the cherry blossoms at High Park in late April 2017 when she saw a woman trying to do CPR on a man lying on the ground on Gerrard St.

“We stopped the car and I ran out and told the lady that was assisting the gentleman that I would take over,” said Murray. “It took just about five minutes before he was revived.”

Court Services Acting manager Eaton Hyde attended the awards breakfast in support of officers being honoured.

“It again shows how committed we are here, even when our people are off duty,” he said.

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Constable Jason Ngo was recognized for saving a girl with CPR

Inspector Riyaz Hussein and Staff Sergeant Doug MacDonald were on hand to congratulate two teachers and their principal for saving the life of a 10-year-old male student who they found choking and unable to breathe.

“It was terrifying, but we all came together and used our training” recounted Nancy Evans. “We worked as a team.”

Tamara Schwarz, the principal at Mill Valley Junior School in Etobicoke, added that teamwork was help in helping to save the Grade Five student. She noted that her staff known the awesome responsibility of educating children but also keeping them safe.

Toronto District School Board Superintendent Marguerite Campbell praised the teachers’ decisive action.

“They did exactly what we expected them to do in that situation,” she said. “It was amazing.”

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Inspector Riyaz Hussein and Staff Sergeant Doug MacDonald honoured teachers for their lifesaving efforts
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