The City of Cornwall and Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services presented a certificate of recognition to Malik Ali, a 17-year-old who recently assisted during a medical incident.

Paramedics responded to a cardiac arrest on June 11 and requested that a bystander help by providing CPR.

“I saw that nobody else knew how to do CPR,” said Ali, “and the person before me was beginning to tire.”

The young student had received CPR training, as well as a CPR mask, as part of his gym class at St. Lawrence High School. He put them to use, setting aside his fears about the possibility that the unconscious man could have COVID-19.

“I commend this young man for stepping up,” said Commander Lee Montford. “He assisted on scene without hesitation when requested.”

Paramedics later administered a COVID-19 test to Ali as a precaution – the results were negative.

“Malik Ali was prepared, willing, and brave,” said Mayor Clement. “We are grateful for his intervention, which was even more significant due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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