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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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    martin1181

    over 4 years ago

    510 Comments

    Thank you for going beyond the call of duty to all of the EMT's. RIP Constable Czapnik.

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    delano388

    over 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    Sad and Powerful. good job to the medics.

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    7yt43tquma

    over 4 years ago

    7202 Comments

    Powerful and sad words from a courageous officer.........RIP sir, and God hold you tightly.....

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    Good Job EMTs.

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    Kath

    over 4 years ago

    1812 Comments

    RIP. What a loss though. Great job to the EMTs.

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    entrep1

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Thanks for your valiant service and condolences to your family my Brother. We understand the dangers of our work but we show up daily to do what most are not willing to do. We will continue this work and we will continue to keep our fallen brothers and sisters in mind and their families. We've got it covered now.

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    JICARILLA

    over 4 years ago

    1068 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    josmoren

    over 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    May the Lord rest your soul.

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    mwh5136

    over 4 years ago

    36 Comments

    There's a saying to the effect that "None of us is an Island." That's especially true for everyone involved in Public Safety. God Bless those EMT's for their courage. God Bless Constable Czapnik, we'll see him again on the other side.

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    sgt457

    over 4 years ago

    1204 Comments

    suspended for three years....what the heck... what is the RCMP doing? RIP Constable.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Thank god those EMT's were there to help subdue the suspect. RIP Brother...

    Officer deaths have seem to become more repetitive ever since the Washington shooting. Averaging like 2 a week from the news I've read. All bad...

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    creekcop

    over 4 years ago

    1056 Comments

    Thank you for your service Constable! May you be at peace with the Lord. We'll take it from here.

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    RANGER_ONE_TX

    over 4 years ago

    4610 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother...

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    This is very sad, rest in peace my brother, we have the watch now, God Bless the EMT's that hepled you and may God Bless your family and co-workers of the RCMP.

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    bearstar03

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    That is horrible. Bless the paramedics for not giving up once they saw the weapon. The Const. sounds like he was a great man. What a waste of a great life. RIP

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