Practical Nursing student Sarah Gray was honoured with the Owen Sound Police Chief’s Citation Award for her role assisting a cyclist who was struck by a car last spring.
Sarah witnessed the accident and her instincts immediately took over. She got out of her car, directed bystanders and used first aid training to provide care and monitor the cyclist until paramedics arrived on scene. He sustained life-threatening injuries and still walks with crutches and a leg brace.
During the award ceremony, Sarah and Ben Wenke, the injured cyclist, had the chance to meet. He presented her with a bouquet of flowers and hugged her after she received the citation.
“It was a relief to see Ben and it made it clear to me why I want to be a nurse,” says Sarah. “No award or amount of recognition could compare to knowing he is alive and well.”
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Sarah has been named a torchbearer in the Owen Sound leg of the upcoming Pan-Am Games torch relay.
“She’s such a wonderful person – and a great example of what a kind and caring human should be,” says Corrine Lalonde, co-ordinator of the Practical Nursing program.
The good news was a fitting way to wrap up National Nursing Week 2015, held May 11 to 17.