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A Victoria man is lucky to be alive and has only his friends to thank for him still being here.

On Sunday, January 15th, BC Emergency Health Services (EHS) presented awards to three people who helped save their friend’s life in a pub, three years ago.

On January 10th, 2020, Nicolas D’Anjou was at a restaurant/pub in Esquimalt when he collapsed, seemingly out of nowhere and went into cardiac arrest.

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Luckily for him, he had friends nearby who immediately stepped in and provided him with life-saving CPR until paramedics could arrive. 

Martin Ouellet, Sonya Marchand, and Scott Rose were the ones who saved his life and they were all presented with Vital Link Awards. The awards are meant to honour the actions of bystanders who provide assistance in cardiac arrest situations in BC. 

D’Anjou as well as his three friends were all members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

Marchand called 911, while Ouellet and Rose began administering CPR in the middle of the crowded pub until professional medical assistance could be given by paramedics.

D’Anjou was given continued advanced cardiovascular life support for more than 30 minutes by paramedics once they arrived, then he was taken to the Royal Jubilee Hospital. 

Since the incident, D’Anjou has made a full recovery due to the efforts of his friends. 

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