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Mickael Culliford and Maude Page-Judd were among the seven public servants recognized by the city of Pointe Claire for their quick response to two emergency situations over the last six months.
Mickael Culliford, was one of the officers recognized. The soon-to-be 51-year-old was in his MIB vehicle July 22 when he received a call an elderly man had collapsed of an apparent cardiac arrest during a game of tennis in the Valois sector.
“The adrenaline immediately kicks in, and you do what you need to do,” said Culliford.
When Culliford arrived at the scene, his partner Catherine Paquet – who arrived two minutes earlier - had already began the resuscitation process with the unlikely and fortunate aid of Ryan Archambault of the engineering department. For the 29-year public security veteran – it was his first brush with administering CPR.
“I took over, started doing compressions,” said Culliford, adding the two officers alternated between using the defibrillator and applying CPR. “You never know when you’re going to make good on your training. And I’ve been involved in all kinds of incidents: accidents, fires, etc.”
Despite the effort, as well as those by paramedics, the elderly man was pronounced dead at the Lakeshore General Hospital.
Archambault and Paquet were also recognized for their work.
So, too, were MIB officers Maude Page-Judd and Eric Rashed, who responded to a call a man in his 40s had collapsed on the ice at the neighbouring Bob Birnie Arena on Feb. 8.
“I was replacing the dispatch when it happened,” said the 22-year-old Page-Judd.
Tony Bernardelli and Jim Houston of the arena’s staff – also recognized by the city – had already begun the resuscitation process using a nearby defibrillator when the MIB officer arrived a minute later. Rashed arrived two minutes later.
Still, the hockey player wasn’t breathing as the officers applied CPR tactics and the defibrillator.
“‘Keep the heart beating until the ambulance arrives,’” Page-Judd told herself, a sudden first for the young officer.
Unfortunately the man later died at the Lakeshore General Hospital.
Now, both Culliford and Page-Judd are hoping their experience will encourage residents to learn resuscitation methods like CPR.
“Everyone needs to know how to revive someone,” said Culliford.
“You never know when you’re going to face a situation like this,” Page-Judd added.