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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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    steelnpearls

    over 4 years ago

    290 Comments

    huh? it was a suspended RCMP that did this???? what is wrong with people????
    Const..Czapnik is a prince among men and may God keep him in peace now.

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    2protectnserve

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    This says much about Constable Czapnik's character. I pray that God will comfort his family, friends, and fellow officers. May he rest in peace, and may his attitude of gratitude positively effect us all. Thank YOU for your service Constable Czapnik!

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    Becky231953

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    A great Constable ,Eric Czapnik .Thank you for protecting us.

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    P89Hydra

    over 4 years ago

    740 Comments

    RIP Constable Czapnik

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    Kacey

    over 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    Godspeed brother. My prayers are for you and your family and friends. (How can someone be suspended for over three years???!!! Scumbag! Your name doesn't bear repeating!)

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    wildsoldier

    over 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    RIP Constable Czaprik. Prayers go out to the family and friends and glad that the paramedics were on top of their game and brave enough to get involved...

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    michelleg

    over 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    My deepest sympathy to Constable Czaprik.
    Heroic actions on the 3 outstanding rescuing paramedics!
    Go ladies, show'em how it's done.

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    blufox

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Rest in peace and know that you did your job well. After attending two WA State police funerals in less than a month my appreciation and admiration for the RCMP has grown beyond belief. At this time of your loss, my heart goes out to you and I mourn with you. Thank you for your loyalty and sense of brotherhood. The sea of red that I saw at these funerals says so much.
    Yes, I believe that everyone is in danger that wears a uniform, whether you are a police explorer or a paramedic, if you are out there you are in danger. Just watch your back

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    officer2be

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    My deepest condolences go out the family of Constable Czapnik. You may be gone but defiantly not forgotten. RIP.

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    pandabear

    over 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    It is downright shocking that another cop would do such a thing to his brother in arms. I guess he was suspended for a reason. Rest In Peace Constable Czapnik. God bless your family and loved ones in this time of grief.

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    copperbert

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    RIP Constible Czapnik. You and your family are in our prayers. Many thanks to all LEO Paramedics and Firefighters out there each and every day keeping us safe.

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    bmwusa

    over 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    Wow, what a terrible situation. My thoughts are with the family and friends. Of all people to do such a cowardly attack like this, I couldn't believe it when I read that it was another officer...

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    jp208

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    RIP, Brother Czapnik.

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Godspeed Brother in blue.
    ,Unthinkable a Police officer performing this horrible act, On another Police officer, Horrible.
    So sorry for the family and friends Officer Czapnik leaves behind.

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    badge66

    over 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    Bravery and courage come to mind when thinking about those paramedics. It's getting more dangerous everyday on the streets. RIP Constable Czapnik.

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