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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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    MC3452

    over 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Constable Czapnik , we morn you departure and applaud your Heroism. Great job to the Paramedics in both instances. HERO'S NEVER DIE , they live on in the hearts of the next generation of Officers who take there place.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    A big thumbs up to the constable.Even with his last breath this man displayed he's a cops cop,by expressing his gratitude to his fellow man.Those paramedics are heros.God rest your soul ,Eric,the whole country of Canada should be proud of you.

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    LakewoodSgt19

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP brother! Our hearts and prayers go with your family, friends and department.

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    vegas94

    over 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    my thoughts and prays are with the family Constable Czapnik and his department, and with the RCMP

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    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    RIP

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    LoraApking

    over 4 years ago

    1352 Comments

    How sad....well said Keith ! my thoughts are with his family and fellow officers

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    chrissanders

    over 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    Very sad. RIP. Glad to hear that they did get the guy.

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    jakesdad

    over 4 years ago

    298 Comments

    another one:
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2010/01/11/ott-gregson-rcmp-history.html
    This guy should have been put away along time ago.

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    jakesdad

    over 4 years ago

    298 Comments

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/04/03/rcmp-bishop.html?ref=rss

    A little more about the killer.

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    david_j9

    over 4 years ago

    256 Comments

    Damn...

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    Swatdog381

    over 4 years ago

    160 Comments

    RIP brother with heavy hearts in the States.

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    Grafton817

    over 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    Sad story. First I've heard of it. RIP Constable Czapnik.

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    keithwadams

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Our loss is Heavens gain. Rest in Peace Brother.

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    matsnap

    over 4 years ago

    482 Comments

    RIP Brother! My prayers to the family, co-workers, and friends.

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