SASKATOON – A Saskatoon man who saved the life of a 19-month-old girl in July is being celebrated by the Canadian Red Cross. Aaron Jackson was driving along Arlington Avenue to the grocery store when someone flagged him down. In a nearby driveway, a woman was holding a choking baby.
It had only been a month since his employer required him to take a two-day first aid course with the Canadian Red Cross.
Jackson performed CPR, allowing the girl to breathe again. He stabilized the child and waited for paramedics to arrive.
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But he says he’s not a hero.
“Somebody’s crying for help, so you try and help them. I think anybody with training would sort of do the same thing,” Jackson told reporters at an award ceremony Thursday.
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His actions earned him the Red Cross Rescuer Award, which “acknowledges the efforts of non-professional rescuers and off-duty first responders who go out of their way to save a life, prevent further injury and/or provide comfort to the injured,” according to the organization’s website.
“I think he’s a hero. Anybody that can stop [and] help somebody else out, is a hero,” said Barry Salmond, first aid program representative with the Canadian Red Cross.
CPR for infants and toddlers consists of a series of hand thrusts between the shoulder blades and on the chest. Anyone can learn the procedure from the Red Cross.