International Students Honoured For Life Saving Efforts


Two international students are being recognized for stepping up in at a time of crisis.

On July 1st of this year, Jagmanjot Singh Deol and Bikramjeet Singh were working at the Pioneer gas station at the corner of Manning Rd. and County Rd. 42 when a vehicle crashed into a fence. 

The two jumped into action, giving a man in the car CPR until first responders arrived.

Singh says it took EMS about five minutes to get there. 

"Those five minutes were like a lifetime to us. We were really scared at that time, but the OPP guided us and we did our best to save that person's life," says Singh. "I hope that if someone else was there, in our position, that they would also do the same to save that person's life."

Gopal Kataria owns the Pioneer gas station and says he could not be more proud of his employees.

"Anytime you do a good job anywhere, especially in this country, you will be recognized and somebody will give you a pat on the back and say thank you for that," says Kataria. "We all are proud of this. We are proud of these guys and hope other people will come forward and do something good to leave a positive impact on the community."

He says his employees acted without thinking twice.

"We didn't do anything for recognition, but just as a human being it's our moral duty to save somebody's life. It could be me or somebody else from my family, I hope somebody else would do the same thing," says Kataria. "That's why these guys did it and it's a great thing and it's a great learning lesson and inspiration for other people."

Tecumseh town officials are crediting the students with saving the man's life. 

At Tuesday night's council meeting, the pair were presented with plaques of appreciation from mayor Gary McNamara.