Tsawwassen couple gives thanks after bike ride goes awry


At this time of year, as we show gratitude, I would like to share a story.

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On Friday, July 27, a beautiful sunny day, my husband John and I were out for a bike ride in Tsawwassen. We were riding up the big hill on English Bluff Road. My husband suffered a cardiac arrest part way up the hill. “Almost made it to the top,” he says.

We were immediately surrounded by caring, compassionate and talented people who all contributed to save his life. Dave, a stranger, now a friend, took control of the situation. He did CPR. He made the decision to give my husband breaths, which he needed. I watched as he made that decision. We are so grateful.

To the people who responded with the new BC Ambulance PulsePoint app, to assist with cardiac arrests, thank you so very much. To all the kind folks who made phone calls for me, controlled traffic, dealt with our bikes and consoled me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know I was a mess.

The firefighters Shawn, Mike, Torin and Joel, you did a perfect job. To the two ambulances who attended and the paramedics, you guys are amazing. I do apologize for asking you to drive faster on the highway. I did not know there were five men in the back working on John.

Delta Hospital emergency staff another huge thank you. You were so attentive to John and on updating us while we were there. We so appreciate what you do. And finally, to the Royal Columbian Hospital, cath lab, ICU, HAU and cardio ward. You folks are wonderful.

John is back on his bike, enjoying his early months of retirement, enjoying every moment with our adorable grandson and feeling grateful, every day.

This will be the best Thanksgiving for our family. We are eternally grateful for all you wonderful people. Happy Thanksgiving one and all.

John and Carol Harrison

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