A park patrolman delivered first aid despite being stabbed while breaking up a fight. The deadly campground fight occurred last weekend. The patrolman was recognized as a hero.
Ryan Litchfield was unable to save 19-year Cody Gottschalk who died when a fight broke out between two groups of men at the Cultus Lake campground on the Victoria Day long weekend. The actions of Litchfield prevented a second person from dying that night.
At the time of the incident, Litchfield was called to the beach where two groups of young men had gathered. He persuaded the men to leave. However, the two groups exchanged words as they walked away and a fight broke out.
Instead of backing away, he put himself in harm’s way by getting between the attacker and the first stabbing victim. Litchfield kicked the man who was stabbing the other individual off and started to perform first aid. But then he noticed a second man being attacked and Litchfield went after the man wielding the knife.
The attacker turned on him after he was pushed away. Litchfield was able to put his arm up. The attacker stabbed him in the arm and took off. Litchfield did not realize that he was stabbed until he went to help Gottschalk. He performed CPR for 15 minutes on the teen but could not be resuscitated.
Prompt delivery of first aid
The immediate delivery of life-saving techniques during emergencies can save a life. It is recommended to enroll in a first aid course to be prepared during emergencies.
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