Palladino employee honoured for life-saving actions
Having worked as a paramedic in Terrace Bay in his younger years, when Palladino Honda inventory manager Paul Marcon saw a customer collapse at the business June 26, his reaction was automatic.
He said he'd been talking to a woman, who is in her 70s, about a vehicle out in the car dealership's parking lot, when she suddenly fell to the ground.
Marcon thought at first she had heat stroke, as it was a warm day, but quickly realized she was breathing irregularly, and her condition was much more serious than he'd originally thought.
He flagged down a co-worker to phone 911, and monitored the customer's breathing and pulse. When she stopped breathing, he began artificial respiration.
“Then when I could not feel a pulse, miraculously the ambulance showed up,” he said.
Marcon said he doesn't know too much about how the woman is doing now, but does know she survived. Given his former occupation, he said helping others comes naturally to him.