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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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  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother. Thank you all the EMT's involved.

  • Hpim1329_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P. If this doesn't pull on the heart stings nothing will. What is the deal with the RCMP on suspension committing this crime. Gregson you are a low life piece of shit scumbag.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother... What a tragedy.

    The worst part of this tragic incident is that Constable Czapnik’s killer is a "suspended officer" from the RCMP... How in the world could this scum bag kill another officer, even if he was kick out the forces...? Perhaps he was never one...
    According to this article, he was in suspension since 2006... Now, that makes me wonder if there is more to this incident that this article is mentioning... Perhaps some previous incident between them...? Perhaps the Constable have something to do with his suspension...? Or, perhaps this "suspended officer" just developed some hate towards the forces because of his suspension..?
    I am almost certain further developments about this incident will come along, when his "motives" are investigated.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    God rest Constable Czapnik and be with his family. Thank you to all of EMS. God be with you all.

  • Joefriday_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Constable Eric Czapnik went home to god's hands. A testament to his integrity were his final words. Say a prayer for him , his family and agency.
    I would be very intrested to hear if he was targeted by Gregson or what the motive was for the attack.

  • Att179311_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIPofficer Of course EMT's should be allowed to wear body armour if they want to

  • Img_2734_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP brother. EMS thanks you for your efforts, great job!
    Your Canadian partner from Northern Ontario

    Ya he should get the chair but remember this happend in Canada, we don't have the death penalty

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    RIP Officer.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    We need more people that are willing to help those that need it. These Paramedics did a good job.. Rest in Peace Officer Czapnik

  • Image0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    OMG, I bawled my eyeballs out when I read this. God love these people that protect us and try to help us. I'm glad to see the paramedics had the cajones to get invloved. I still say if more people were proactive and helped like these people did the world may straighten out some. God bless them all and their families.

  • Iii_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What a testiment to this officers character. RIP brother.

  • Andrea_and_i_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Constable's family. Also a ton of praise for the actions of the paramedics....

  • Ganster_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like another terrible random act of violence against a police officer... the kind we are hearing about all too often as of late. Thank you to those members of EMS that came and helped Const. Czapnik in his time of dire need, his last words show what it meant to him. Also, the fact that the man who killed him is a suspended RCMP officer is hardly even mentioned. That seems strange...

  • Iphone_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    this is absolutly terrible, i hope they give him the chair. I dont know why so many acts of random violence are being targeted at police officers this year and last its terrible.

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