Erin Hodder did not
expect that she must use her CPR training. It was necessary for her profession
as a pharmacist to administer injections.
Last July, the Bay
Roberts resident was faced with a potential life-or-death scenario. Along with
a qualified individual who happened to be at the Carbonear Walmart where she
was working at the time, Hodder helped in making a difference.
Late last month, Hodder and Harbour Grace firefighter and first aid instructor Paul Snow received awards on delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a woman who collapsed to the ground within the store.
Snow was out together
with his wife shopping on their way to the checkout when someone called out for
Upon reaching the woman,
someone else was there and Snow asked them to call an ambulance. He checked to
see what happened and how the woman fainted but could not see any shelves that
tipped over. When he got down and checked up, she was bleeding.
His presence at the
store was considered as a stroke of luck. Snow has taught first aid for more
than 30 years and in his 38th year with the Harbour Grace Volunteer
The situation inside
the store was different for Snow. Once the pair realized that there was no
pulse and her breathing was shallow, they had to act. Snow looked after the
chest compressions as Hodder delivered breaths into the woman. They continued
to do this until the arrival of the paramedic that transported the woman to Carbonear
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