(from left) Steve Matheson, Chance Veinotte, Erik Konkin, Kat Goossen, James Zink (recipient) Dakota Stone, Jim Forsdyke. Jim was one of the crew members who attended the call, Chad Dietz.

Kelowna man given award for saving man’s life

James Zink received the BCEHS Vital Link Award

BC Emergency Heath Services has recognized the heroic efforts of a local resident who saved a person’s life.

James Zink was presented with a BCEHS Vital Link Award for performing bystander CPR on a guest at Siesta Suites hotel where he works.

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The award was presented to Zink by unit chief Catharina Goossen, 911 dispatcher Dakota Stone, who coached Zink in telephone-cardiopulmonary resuscitation (t-CPR), and Jim Forsdike, one of the paramedics who attended to the incident.

The BCEHS Vital Link Award is given to honour the skilful actions of one or more bystanders at a cardiac arrest emergency. These brave and quick-thinking people perform CPR on a patient, with or without the use of an automated external defibrillator. They represent a vital link to the patient’s successful survival.

The presentation took place Saturday, Feb. 2.

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