Lifesaving Society Recognizes the Heroic-efforts of Three Islanders

Charlottetown, PE – The Lifesaving Society (PEI Branch) recently held their Honours & Awards Investiture to recognize three Islanders for their remarkable actions in rescuing Mr. Vance Easter of Unionvale, as well as thirteen volunteers of the Society who work diligently to accomplish the Society’s drowning prevention and injury prevention mandate on Prince Edward Island.

On September 24, 2011 while using an oxygen/propane torch, Vance Easter was victim to an explosion after a piece of slag blew off the equipment landed on the hoses of the torch. Vance was fully engulfed in flames from head to toe. His daughter, Jewel Easter, a former Lifeguard, called EMS and immediately went to help her father. Jewel quickly started to mist her father with the water hose. At the same time, Austin O’Meara and Glen Campbell were on their way home when they saw Jewel treating her father with the water hose and quickly sprang into action. Campbell immediately started to roll Mr. Easter on the ground in an attempt to smother the flames while O’Meara used the patio umbrella to extinguish the remaining flames. With Vance’s flames extinguished, the three rescuers continued to mist cool clean water on Vance until EMS arrived. Upon arrival at the Queen Elizabeth Health Science Centre Burn Unit in Halifax, Dr. Justin Paletz, learning Vance had been misted with clean, cool water until the arrival of the ambulance, responded, “They saved his life”.

Each of Vance’s rescuers received first aid training from the Lifesaving Society: Glen Campbell as a physical education teacher, Jewel Easter as a lifeguard and Scout, and Austin O’Meara as a boat captain. As a result of the right people being at the right place at the right time, a true miracle continues. Each rescuer was presented with the Honourary Associate Rescue Award, presented by the Honourable Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island on behalf of the Society for their heroic efforts.

Also recognized at the ceremony were thirteen key volunteers of the Society who work throughout the province providing promoting & instructing programs focused on drowning prevention and injury prevention for all Islanders. These volunteers include:

Honourary Associate Appreciation Award: 
Shanahan Gardiner, Cardigan; Matthew Smith, Charlottetown; Frank Gaudet, Summerside; Jenilee Thompson, Summerside; Evan Rioux, Summerside; Mackenzie Stead, Charlottetown; Meaghan Lister, Montague; and Meghan Colvin, Charlottetown.

Commonwealth Certificate of Thanks:
Adam Ross, Stratford; and Ross Davies, Mount Stewart.

Commonwealth Service Cross:
Roger Hardy, Cavendish; and Angela Davies, Mount Stewart.

Commonwealth Bar to Service Medal:
James Sullivan, Stratford.

The Lifesaving Society of Canada is part an international non-profit movement that targets drowning and injury prevention related activities in Canada. The Society offers an array of training programs and public education campaigns to reduce the risk of injuries in, on and around water. Most notably, the Lifesaving Society is the steward of the National Lifeguard program, the standard for Lifeguarding in Canada.

Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to nominate Islanders for their heroic efforts in saving the life of another individual by contacting the Lifesaving Society of Prince Edward Island at (902) 368-7757 or info@lifesavingsocietypei.ca.