Wednesday April 23, 2014





Gratitude given to life-saving emergency personnel

I am writing this letter to say a big thank  you, to the B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics, the helicopter paramedics, the pilot and hospital staff.

On Dec. 17 about 12:30 p.m. in the Tranquille Valley, 26 kilometres up the Red Lake/ Criss Creek Road, I suffered a heart attack. It is an icy, winter road though a major canyon with no shoulder —  a challenge for any driver at the best of times.

The ambulance crew made it in about 40 minutes and the chopper arrived about the same time, landing in a nearby field. After checking all my vitals, the crew packed me through a foot of snow and down a slippery slope to the chopper. We took off for Kamloops but a few minutes into the flight, the crew decided to go straight to
Kelowna.

On arriving in Kelowna at 2:40 p.m., a trauma unit of about 10 team members was set up, ready to do what they know best —saving lives. At 3:15 p.m., I was wheeled into recovery, feeling no pain, and, amazingly, still awake and alive.

These tremendous paramedics saved my life with their quick, onboard decisions. They get little thanks for what they do, and they certainly deserve to. The surgeon came to me a day later and said if we had more choppers in the air, we could save more lives from the rural areas of B.C.

So, thank you to all who attended to me that day in Tranquille Valley. I am not much of a religious man, but God has a place for you all in heaven.

JOHN TILLEY

Kamloops





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