On November 22, 2020, at approximately 1:05 am, a Selkirk RCMP officer was patrolling the community when he approached a vehicle running in the parking lot of a business on Main Street in Selkirk, Manitoba. At first, it appeared that the vehicle was unoccupied, but as the officer got closer, he saw that a male was reclined in the driver's seat. The officer knocked on the window and received no response. He opened the unlocked door and discovered the male was in medical distress.
The male stopped breathing, and the officer immediately initiated chest compressions. When the male was breathing again, the officer was able to get him out of the vehicle to perform CPR. Another RCMP officer was nearby and attended immediately to assist. Both officers continued to provide medical assistance to the male until EMS arrived.
The male is in stable condition in hospital.
"RCMP officers are trained for all kinds of emergencies," said Inspector John Duff, Officer in Charge of Selkirk RCMP Detachment. "We are so glad that the officer had the skills and the awareness needed to save this man's life. You never know what to expect when you head out on a shift, but you always have to be prepared, and this officer certainly was."