Growing up in a military family, Jeff Cyr knows what’s it’s like to be well trained and to be prepared at all times.
Cyr, a sergeant in the operations support squadron at 19 Wing Comox truly embodies the courage and bravery hero title.
On a Friday afternoon in March 2018, Cyr was on his way to Nanaimo after work when he came upon the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the highway.
“It was on the other side of the road, so I pulled over, got out of the car and went across the highway to check. I would always stop (at an accident) and I found an unresponsive male.”
Trained in first aid, he quickly assessed the scene and with the help of one other person on scene, began CPR on the man.
“We’re always trained (for any situation), but it was a group effort,” he said.
As the two first aiders on scene, they decided to use the two-person method of CPR in hopes of resuscitating the driver of the vehicle.
Cyr gave chest compressions to the victim and performed this alternately with the other first aider until first responders arrived to take over.
He explained he was able to continue to assist, even when police arrived on scene, so police were able to focus their work on scene management and traffic control.
In a report produced following the accident, Cyr’s assistance was highlighted by the RCMP.
“During the mayhem of the moment, (Sgt. Darren Ramey of the RCMP) was happy to have someone who knew what they were doing on scene,” read the report.
“Although the injuries to the driver were such that he passed on the side of the road, all the first responders at the scene were thankful that Sgt. Cyr and others were there to help.”