Toronto man receives rescuer award for saving daughter's life
Jason Board and daughter Joanna
Jason was giving his two young daughters a bath in their North Toronto home, when he stepped out of the bathroom for a brief moment to check on his infant son. He then heard his 5 year-old daughter Rachel, asking her 2 year-old sister Joanna to wake up.
“It was the sort of thing you thought you heard but takes a moment to register,” said Jason. “Then all of a sudden it did.”
Jason rushed back into the bathroom to find Joanna face first in the tub, completely blue. He began to perform CPR and called 911. He was able to revive her just as the paramedics arrived.
Because of his life saving actions, Jason has received a Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Award.
Janelle Warren presents Jason Board with his rescuer award
“Jason’s actions show how important it is for parents to learn CPR,” said Janelle Warren, a representative for Red Cross first aid programs in Toronto. “It could be just as easy for any parent to find themselves in a similar situation as Jason’s.”
For Jason, he says he feels honoured to receive the award. However, for him, the most important thing is that he still has his daughter.
“She’s the same little girl and we are so happy,” he said.
The Canadian Red Cross trains more than 470,000 Canadians each year in first aid and CPR.