March 14, 2018 1:40 pm
Updated: March 14, 2018 1:55 pm

Halifax police officer honoured for saving woman’s life while on vacation

Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Nancy Rudback received the LifeSaving Award from St. John Ambulance on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Credit: St. John Ambulance

A Halifax Regional Police officer has been honoured for helping to save a woman’s life.

Sgt. Nancy Rudback was on vacation and traveling through Pearson International Airport in Toronto in February 2017 when she noticed a kerfuffle in the immigration area.

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It turns out that a woman, who was in front of Rudback while waiting in line for security screening, was lying on the ground, suffering from a cardiac event.

Rudback immediately went to the collapsed woman and began CPR.

“It was obvious what needed to be started,” Rudback told Global News.

“It was obvious she was in distress.”

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Shortly after Rudback started CPR, two United States immigration officers grabbed an AED (automated external defibrillator) and all three worked to revive the woman.

Once emergency personal arrived at the airport and took over care of the woman, Rudback left, not knowing what happened or if the woman made out alright.

When she arrived back from vacation, Rudback says she inquired about the woman’s condition and found out she had survived.

“For me, coming home and finding out it had worked was what was really nice,” she said.

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On Tuesday, St. John Ambulance presented Rudback with the LifeSaving Award for her quick thinking, which “undoubtedly helped save” the woman’s life.

“Its nice,” said Rudback of receiving the award during a special ceremony in Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais’ office. “Not necessary, but certainly was nice.”

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