by Ian Wilson
Paramedics are praising the work of a pair of fast-acting security guards for their efforts in saving a senior’s life.
An 83-year-old man was suffering from a cardiac arrest at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval yesterday when security spotted him.
As paramedics were responding to the call, the guards — Shoya Layton and Kelly Kliewer — attended to the senior with an Automated External Defibrillator located in the building.
As a result, his pulse was restored along with his chances of survival.
Calgary Emergency Services has a longstanding AED committee — a joint initiative with the fire department — mandated to assist placing the defibrillators at high-risk locations throughout the city.
The goal is to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.