Ontario Provincial Police and the South Frontenac Fire Department helped hand out awards to local heroes in South Frontenac Township on Tuesday night in Sydenham.
Recipients included the two men who saved the life on a friend in 2016, as he was in cardiac arrest.
“I remember not feeling well at the Loughborough Inn… walking out onto the lawn, kneeling down and collapsing. And I woke up around half an hour later, looked up at everyone who saved me and said leave me alone,” said Rob Calihan from New York.
The award recipients said they acted quickly because they knew it was a life or death situation.
“I was afraid we were going to lose him. I did mouth to mouth for whatever many minutes it was. After the first responder was there, he did compressions and I continued mouth to mouth,” said Paul Davies, Calihan’s friend.
The men said they knew what to do because they took an updated first aid course just a month before the incident.
“By Island Aid on Wolfe Island. They deserve a lot of credit because they did teach the course. And we remembered what we had to do,” said Harold Lake, who also helped saved Calihan’s life.
There were more awards given out to civilians and volunteers for bravery in emergency situations.
There were also exemplary service awards for South Frontenac Fire Fighters.
“It shows a level of dedication and commitment to the community and the fire service of Ontario,” said Rick Chesebrough, the fire chief.
Chesebrough said the public can nominate anyone in the community to receive awards for things like bravery or lifesaving situations.
The decision on who receives the award is made by OPP and St. John’s Ambulance.