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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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  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I can't find the words to express my feeling after reading this story. RIP Const. Czapnik, and may the person who did this to you Rot in Hell.

  • Me_and_caleb_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thank You Brother, May You Find Peace In Gods Kingdom......You Are A "Hero"

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Const. Czapnik, prayers go out to your family, friends and fellow officers. The thought that this cowardly crime was committed by a former officer truely psses me off. A date with the needle or a ride on the lightning should be instore for the POS.

  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P Const. Czapnik

  • 123014_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace. More and more we are the targets. We must stay alert. To many of our brothers and sister's are being taken from us. We live in a new age with the computer reports, cell phone's, computer dispatch. When using these things have a partner close. Everyone is a threat.

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP Brother.

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 4 years ago


    its hard to put into words what to say as he laid there mortally wounded and his last words were thank you. who wouldve thought that it wouldve happened to one of our own by one who use to be one of our own

  • S_2811722ae022e0091aecd2c6987832eb_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP brother, My prayers are with you and your family. It breaks my heart that your life was taken by someone who used to wear and believe in the badge we all wear.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    The POS used to be a brother? He deserves to ride the lightning for that! This was a cowardly act that there is NO justification for.

    Rest in Peace Constable Czapnik. My thoughts and prayers will be with your friends and family during this difficult time.

    To the paramedics that apprehended this scum bag, thank you! It's because of you that this POS will find the judgement that awaits him.

  • Dressed_up__2__max50


    over 4 years ago


    This POS was not still suspended. After reading the RMCP hearing report, it stated that as of July 16, 2008 he was ordered to resign from the force within 14 days or be dismissed from the force by default. Rest in Peace Constable Czapnik. Thank you to the Paramedics for their brave actions. I hope Gregson suffers in hell for his traitorous and criminal actions.

  • Logo2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I am praying for Constable Czapnik's family and fellow officers, much thanks to the paramedics that were on scene and able to subdue that trash that used to carry a badge. I hope they fry him....what a coward

  • Img_0639_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of Constable Eric Czapnik, and the entire RCMP. And many thanks for the paramedics who arrested the suspect and cared for Constable Czapnik in his last moments.

  • Daddy___travis_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP Officer,My hats off to the Paramedic`s who Captured the Suspect God bless you all.

  • Rpsb_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I read the links provided by jakesdad- what a mess, and what we'd call here negative retention. It's so sad another officer has been killed just sitting in their cruiser. RIP brother.

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God Bless Brother, we'll take over the watch!

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