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Man goes into cardiac arrest while loading groceries in Saskatoon

Watch above: Saskatoon Police Service say a 60-year-old man went into cardiac arrest while loading groceries into his vehicle on Friday. Amber Rockliffe reports.

SASKATOON – Saskatoon police say the actions of two off-duty healthcare professionals helped save a 60-year-old man’s life. John Tomchuk went into cardiac arrest while loading groceries into his vehicle on Friday.

The medical emergency occurred just after 6 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot at Preston Crossing. Police say the two quick-thinking bystanders recognized the man was in cardiac arrest and began CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Paramedics arrived and continued to provide advanced care. Within a short time, the patient became conscious and was taken to hospital.

Tomchuk was reported to be in stable condition and his family says they could not be more grateful for the help of the off-duty health professionals. The family also says he would not be alive if it were not for the nearby Cabela’s store which provided a defibrillator.

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Tomchuk’s daughter Lisa says another bystander ran into Walmart asking for a defibrillator and was told they didn’t have one.

Amber Rockliffe contributed to this story