Quebec police officer named Sgt. Jonathan Filteau has been honored and awarded his 3rd crystal trophy by the Quebec Police Awards to credit his work during the shooting at the Quebec City mosque about 2 years ago. The shooting left people dead and some sustained injuries.
According to Filteau dispatchers from the Quebec City police received calls from a citizen and according to him he heard gunshots. It was only a Hydro-Quebec transformer that has blown up. But on the evening of January 29, two years ago, calls that were coming in were not about another false alarm. The dispatcher informed the officers they have received several emergency calls coming from the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Sainte-Foy. Many people are dead.
Moments after the Sunday prayers ended, men and children were saying their good-byes to each other when a gunman entered the mosque and started shooting into the crowded room.
Filteau who was on duty at the station and it was only 60-seconds drive away from the mosque. According to Filteau, the only thought that goes through his mind as he entered the mosque is that the gunman had to be stopped and provide first aid on people who were involved in the shooting. He does not think about his safety and his only problem is how to neutralize the gunman. There were about 6 men dead and 19 severely injured.
The gunman was a 27 year old Alexander Bissonnette. He has already left the mosque by the time Filteau arrived in the area. He eventually surrendered to the police.
Filteau is given honors at the Quebec Police Awards gala for his compassion and leadership on the night of the shooting. He also set up a crisis unit in order to coordinate rescue efforts. His assistant, Constable Francis Simard was also given honors for providing first aid to a severely injured man. Simard used a belt and rubber hose as a tourniquet to minimize the bleeding of the affected area. Paramedics arrived and continued with the treatment and brought him to the hospital for further treatment.
The Quebec Police Awards stated in news that makeshift treatment of Simard, showed that it saved the life of the man. Filteau was able to act fast and very resourceful in such a stressful situation because of his training.
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