Lifesaving Efforts by Officers

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3 p.m. May 2, 2019

Constable was called to help save the lives of two stabbing victims in the space of a few months.

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Supt. Shaun Narine with Lifesaving Award winners Constables Jocelyn Campbell, Roberto Cala, and Matthew Wood

Responding to a robbery call at Warden Subway Station in March 2017, Crocker found a 14-year-old boy with stab wounds to his leg.

“He was bleeding from an artery, so I applied a tactical tourniquet to control the bleeding,” said the 41 Division officer. “The wound was deep and I potentially saved his life that day.”

A few months later, he arrested a man after responding to another knife call in his Division. 

“I then located a female with several stab wounds to her body and I administered CPR,” added Crocker, who joined the Service five years ago.

He was among several Toronto Police Service members honoured by St. John’s Ambulance for helping to save lives.

The event took place at the National Club on April 24.

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Constable Jason Crocker helped save the life of two stabbing victims in the course of a few months

Consts. Jocelyn Campbell, Roberto Cala, Matthew Wood and Gentian Barasku, were honoured for saving a woman’s life.

On the night of August 11, 2017 at around 2 a.m., they simultaneously responded in two scout cars to a call for an overdose victim at a Pizza Pizza near Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave. W.

“We were about two minutes away,” said Wood. “A nurse had found the victim without vital signs and had already started CPR by the time we got there. We took over doing the CPR and it was clear the victim had overdosed. She had no pulse, she wasn’t breathing and her face was blue. Within a minute of us taking over the CPR, she came around and paramedics took over.”

This isn’t the first time that Wood has been called upon to perform CPR.

“We don’t choose the calls we go to and often times we are the first on the scene before paramedics,” said the 13 Division officer, who joined the Service six years ago. “First Aid is not something that people in distress can wait for, so it’s vital for us to have that training so we will be able to know what do in a life-threatening situation.”

Supt. Shaun Narine, the 13 Division Unit Commander, was on hand to congratulate the officers.

“I am very proud of them and their commitment to community safety and life-saving measures,” he said. “I take very great pride in watching them receive their awards.”

Const. Jermaine Watt of 22 Division was recognized for rendering First Aid to a gunshot victim.

This isn’t the first time that the 13-year officer has been honoured.

The July 2014 Police Officer of the Month Awardee also received Teamwork Recommendations in 2014 and 2017.

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