Chiasson – who was a nurse before joining the OPP – was at a police association event at Splash Canyon Water Park and Resort on Nursery Road in Springwater Township with her family last week when she was told a woman had collapsed in a nearby pavilion.
When Chiasson reached the woman and did a primary assessment there were no vital signs. Instinctively, she began CPR, compressing the woman’s chest while lifeguards went to get breathing apparatus.
“The lifeguards were really prompt in getting the mask they needed and that helped a lot,” she says.
Chiasson worked with the lifeguards to revive the woman until paramedics, firefighters and police arrived.
The woman – in her early 60s – was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital where she remains in serious condition, “but,” adds the young officer, “she’s still here fighting!”
Last November, the mother of three, and constable Peter Hunter of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment, used a school’s AED (automated external defibrillator) and CPR to help revive a 13-year-old boy who was not exhibiting any vital signs after collapsing at James Keating Public School in Penetanguishene.
“I’m beginning to think I need an AED (automated external defibrillator) with me at all times,” she said.