N.S. RCMP officers receive national life-saving awards

Four Nova Scotia Mounties have received Life-saving Awards.

Constables Devran Damla, Jeffery LeBlanc, Christine Pelly and Corporal Deepak Prasad all received National Silver Awards during a St. John Ambulance Investiture and Awards Ceremony at Government House in late May.

Cst. Pelly, of the Antigonish Detachment, and Cpl. Prasad, from the RCMP Headquarters in Dartmouth, were honoured for helping an elderly man at last year's Antigonish Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Cst. Pelly phoned 911 when the man collapsed, while Cpl. Prasad lowered the man to the ground, helped firefighters perform CPR and then used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from a local church until paramedics could take over.

On January 19, 2019, Csts. Damla and LeBlanc, both of the Yarmouth Town detachment, helped rescue an elderly couple from an overturned vehicle on Highway 103, prying open the car door using their batons to free the driver from his seatbelt and then performing CPR on the man until paramedics arrived and took over patient care.

Everyone in both instances survived their ordeals.

The annual St. John Ambulance Investiture and Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding contributions by volunteers, instructors, staff, community, and organizations who have shown exemplary dedication and commitment to contributing to the mission of St. John Ambulance to improve the health, safety, and quality of life of all Canadians. 

Constables Devran Damla, Jeffery LeBlanc, Christine Pelly and Corporal Deepak Prasad all received National Silver Awards during a St. John Ambulance Investiture and Awards Ceremony at Government House in late May. (Photo submitted by RCMP)

Constables Devran Damla, Jeffery LeBlanc, Christine Pelly and Corporal Deepak Prasad all received National Silver Awards during a St. John Ambulance Investiture and Awards Ceremony at Government House in late May. (Photo submitted by RCMP)