Firefighter saves life at Appleby arena

Off-duty Burlington firefighter Mark Kippen was recently recognized for saving a life, while playing hockey at the Appleby Ice Centre.

“I was on the ice when I saw people running toward the change room and then I heard the call for help", said Kippen who is an acting captain for the fire department. He began early CPR with help from a teammate and used the arena’s public access defibrillator to deliver a shock to the victim who had collapsed.

"Thankfully 911 was called right away and they quickly brought over the defibrillator as we started CPR. After the first shock, we got a pulse and stabilized him until the paramedics arrived. I suppose I was in the right place at the right time. Without quick intervention and access to AEDs, these kinds of situations may have fewer positive outcomes.”

Halton Region’s Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program places Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public locations where there is a chance someone could suffer a cardiac arrest. Many of Burlington’s city facilities have AEDs.

In the above photo, Kippen on the left accepts a Challenge Coin, which recognizes contributions to public safety, customer service and firefighter safety from Burlington Acting Fire Chief Ross Monteith for his life saving actions.

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