Teamwork with community engagement professional saves a life.

CSLA and Paragon Security would like to recognize Security Shift Supervisor Jordan Bennett and Crisis Outreach Worker Champagne Thomson from the Community Engagement Team, Downtown Yonge BIA.

In early April, Supervisor Bennett was dispatched to the Tim Hortons store located within Toronto’s Atrium on Bay. On his arrival, he found a patron (later identified as Champagne Thomson) assisting a female subject. Both Bennett and Thomson recognized that the woman was likely unconscious as a result of an opioid overdose. In her capacity as an outreach worker, Thomson had Naloxone to hand, and immediately administered one dose. Receiving no response, Thomson administered a second dose, again without any response from the female subject.

At this point, both Jordan and Champagne administered CPR compressions. After approximately 4 minutes, the woman became responsive and was placed in the recovery position. EMS arrived on-scene shortly thereafter, and the woman was transported to a local hospital for further observation.

After the incident, Toronto Police Services sent Paragon a thank-you note, indicating that they were impressed with how well Bennett and Thomson had handled the situation, staying calm and professional throughout – and that this had made a significant difference to the outcome.

(It should be noted that this isn’t the first time Supervisor Bennett has been recognized for his life-saving efforts!)

Thank you, Jordan and Champagne!