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Advanced care paramedic honoured for assisting police

It was the second day of the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser, when Victoria paramedic Glen Polson, who was volunteering as part of the riders’ medical support team, was alerted to an injured patient in a nearby rollover incident.
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​He sprang into action, leading the care team in Sayward, a relatively remote area of Vancouver Island. This week, Polson was recognized by the RCMP for the integral role he played in caring for this patient.     ​

On September 21, 2015, the Cops for Cancer group was in the Sayward area after a full day of riding, when a police escort left to fuel up, but doubled back to report a person injured in a vehicle rollover nearby. There was no cell service, so help could be awhile coming, and Glen Polson, grabbed his gear, jumped in a police vehicle escorting the ride, and went into action.  

On scene, the patient was laying under a truck that had gone down an embankment. Several neighbours with first aid showed up to help, along with police who were nearby. 

“In this type of situation, an ACP’s role includes formulating an extrication plan, assigning tasks to those available, and of course leading the development of a treatment plan for the patient, ” explained Polson.

When the first on-shift paramedics arrived on scene, Polson recognized one of the crew was his first Unit Chief. Polson recalls that she immediately joined the team effort underway, by asking how she could help, and then getting to work. 

The patient was transported to Campbell River Hospital, and Polson, along with the responding paramedics, monitored and helped care for the patient throughout the 45 minute journey.  Polson said he is proud to have been part of the seamless teamwork demonstrated that day. 

“Paramedic Polson’s commitment and dedication to his profession are not only a credit to himself but in keeping with the highest levels of patient care and a tribute to the British Columbia Ambulance Service,” wrote RCMP District Commander Ray Bernoties on Polson’s certificate of commendation.  

“It’s nice to be recognized by my RCMP colleagues for my contribution, but also at the same time a little strange, said Polson. “I was just doing my job, what any of my colleagues wearing their uniforms do every day,” he said. “And yet, quite often, paramedics are not publically recognized, because we’re off to the hospital by the time the TV crews arrive on scene, so I’m mostly glad for the recognition today for the BC Ambulance Service.”

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