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Slain Officer's Last Words to EMTs: 'Thank You'

Slain Officer's Last Words to EMTs: 'Thank You'

The National Post via YellowBrix

January 11, 2010

OTTAWA – As Constable Eric Czapnik lay dying from a mortal knife wound to the throat, he spoke two final and poignant words to his paramedic rescuers.

The patrolman had been writing case notes inside his cruiser, parked outside the emergency department of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus, when a man approached and attacked him with a knife.

Four paramedics, none yet publicly identified, ran from the emergency room to help. It wasn’t until a male paramedic grabbed the attacker in a headlock from behind, that they realized the assailant had a knife.

As the attacker tried to reach around and stab the male paramedic, a petite female paramedic wrestled the weapon from his hand. A second female paramedic kicked him in the groin, and all three wrestled him to the ground. Another female paramedic attended to Const. Czapnik.

As he lay dying from the random attack, Const. Czapnik, 51, uttered his last words to the paramedics, according to police sources.

“Thank you,” he said.

That his very final act was an expression of gratitude to others is a powerful testament of a man who, as his mourners heard last week, cared deeply about others and about this community.

The first police officers to arrive on the scene found the suspect restrained with Const. Czapnik’s handcuffs, sitting in the back seat of his cruiser.

None of the paramedics were physically injured. But the incident is reviving debate whether paramedics should wear body armour and possibly even carry arms of some sort.

Kevin Gregson, 43, an RCMP officer on suspension from the force since 2006, is charged with first-degree murder. His next court appearance is on Jan. 19.

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    Mongo1

    8 months ago

    346 Comments

    My thanks to the EMT folks, all brave, all dedicated. Sorrow for the family, friends and co-workers of Constable Eric Czapnik

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    granny1

    over 2 years ago

    1448 Comments

    r i p

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    IL_Soccer_Grad

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    Rest in peace and really above and beyond for the paramedics!

    well done

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    michael11069

    over 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    may you rest in peace sir.... my thoughts and prayers are with your family the RCMP and all those who were honored to have known you....... Its not how this Constable passed that made him a hero..... But rather how he choose to live his life...... And a special thank you for the Paramedics that put their safety at risk to help a fellow first responder god bless you all... good job ladies and gentelman

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    farrell1963

    over 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    I would see an image of a tee-shirt on this site which bears the legend, "God made police so firemen could have heroes". I think it's the other way around in this case. The male paramedic immobilized the perp, thereby risking getting stabbed himself, and the females wrestled the knife away. Praise to all four of them.

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    botownredneck

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    How could this guy ever have carried a badge, its bad enough that we have to deal with scumbags on a daily basis, but when are lives are robbed by a fellow brother then what do we have left, this truly breaks my heart, this guy should have been taken right there two the nearest tree and swung from a short rope

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    Uncon214

    over 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    This is one of the most despicable subjects in existence. The only thing worse than a cop-killer is a cop-killer who falsely claims to walk the thin blue line.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Too many suspicious articles are being submitted to give one cause to doubt the loyalty of The Brothers and Sisters to be there for one another. Don't know all the particulars yet, but those who wear a badge wear it proudly. And would not hesitate to save another officer who is in trouble and NEVER NEVER take a life but willing to LAY DOWN THEIR OWN LIFE FOR A FRIEND. This man was never ' A BROTHER."

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    He never a was a brother!! He just went thru the motions. Brothers don't take lives of brothers they have a pac that and a heart that says, 'HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER!" A brother is always THERE!!

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    bigjoker

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    These wonderful people should be commended for their actions. I praise all Paramedics in the World that look after us when one of us is either down and injured. I have seen these men and women work furiously to assist a fallen or injured Officer. God bless them and the fallen Officer and his Family.

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    bsybee

    over 4 years ago

    130 Comments

    Being a Medical Person myself. I think if you are in the field of EMT, you should have special training in Self Defence as well as weapons. You don't know when you will be in a situation where you may need to use the training its just like CPR. Trained to do the job.i think they should have some special security jackets for protection. but must be light. So they can preform the job and be able to move and preform it well.. I commend the EMTS for protecting the Officer and the field that they work in, LAW, MEDICAL, and Fire Department are all areas that need more protection. My sympathy to the family of the slain Officer and his family

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    rocco2007

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    This is SO SAD. How very tragic. And is RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Patrol? So he was murdered by one of his own? That's even more unfathomable.

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    dhw

    over 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    God bless family, friends, fellow officers.
    Chief D. Whiteley, P.B. Mo.

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    raidergal70

    over 4 years ago

    622 Comments

    I will never understand what makes a person take the life of another who is sworn to protect the public, which unfortunately includes those that take the officer's lives, but my hearts and prayers go to the family of the Constable and also thank you to the paramedics for putting themselves in danger when they did not need to...God Bless Cons. Czapnik

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    Scionti

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    What the hell man, why do people do shit like this.

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