Employees at a convenience store near Windsor's downtown core have been recognized for administering first aid to victims of an assault earlier this summer.
Essex-Windsor EMS Chief Bruce Krauter presented commendations Monday to the two 7-Eleven employees on duty in the early morning of July 12.
"Your quick thinking, decisive action, and unwavering determination played a crucial role in saving lives," wrote Krauter in the commendation. "Your display of bravery is a testament to the strength of character and the remarkable capacity for compassion that resides within you. Your willingness to put your safety at stake to aid other human beings is a testament to your extraordinary courage and dedication to the well-being of your fellow citizens."
Jamie Tremblay and Maryam Jamali were working at the store on Wyandotte Street East and Langlois Avenue when a customer ran in at about 2:45 a.m. asking them to call 911. Tremblay, while on the phone with a dispatcher, went outside and found the three victims.
Following instructions from the dispatcher, Tremblay used Slurpee-branded socks from the store to place a tourniquet around one victim’s arm.
"They told me to put pressure on the wound, and that’s what I did until the ambulance arrived," said Tremblay.
Two paramedics soon arrived along with Essex-Windsor EMS District Chief Sarah Bezaire. In their incident report, the paramedics noted the poise the two employees showed and that if it weren't for their intervention, the outcome may have been much worse.
"They provided hemorrhage control and utilized makeshift tourniquets and applied direct pressure to control blood loss...the outcome would have been significantly different," the report read.
Tremblay and Jamali were also given EMS meritorius service coins. Representatives from 7-Eleven Canada were also on hand Monday for the presentation.