Edmonton Huskies Soccer Team Helps Saskatchewan Highway Motorcycle Accident Victim | The Canadian News

It’s about being in the right place at the right time.

Members of the Edmonton Huskies youth soccer team sprang into action Sunday night when their bus arrived at the scene of a motorcycle accident in Saskatchewan.

The motorcycle had collided with a deer shortly before 6 p.m. CT, about four miles east of Borden on Highway 16. according to local fire department.

“When we stopped, it seemed a bit chaotic, there were already people trying to help,” Huskies general manager Jason Lorrimer told Global News on Monday.

“(We have) 40 strong guys who can move anything we need and I have coaches to deal with the trauma.”

Lorrimer said he asked his athletic therapists if they would help on the scene “And they said, ‘absolutely.’

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Members of the Edmonton Huskies football team help a motorcyclist who ran over a deer on a highway near Borden, Sask. on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Courtesy: Jason Lorrimer

The team was preparing for the five-hour drive home to Yellowhead after losing 33-31 to Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Football Conference semifinal.

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Sheldon McNabb, a defensive running back for the Huskies, said several of the players had just started playing video games when they came across the scene.

“I saw that the coaches were coming out,” McNabb said, adding that he has been studying to become a paramedic and has some hands-on experience.

“I thought that by going to school, (I would try to) help as much as I could,” he said, adding that he grabbed blankets to keep the victim warm. “I was grateful.”

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Huskies athletic therapist Randy Kuefler said that when he first approached the victim, he told him what training he had and that he would like to help, something that all first aid trained people are supposed to do.

“We just wanted them to take care of them,” he said.

“We arrived just at the right time.”

Kuefler said that when firefighters arrived, they asked him to stay with them. Until a STARS Air Ambulance helicopter arrived to airlift the victim to hospital.

“Having other trained doctors is really good,” said Borden Fire and Rescue Capt. Jamie Brandrick. “I asked them if they would stay.”

“It helps us. The person was calm, that makes it easier for us to do our job. “

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Brandrick said having more people with first aid training on the scene helps when laying a victim on their back to avoid spinal cord trauma or prevent further damage.

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“Fortunately, the injuries are not that serious,” the firefighter said, noting that trained members of the Huskies would have been able to help with CPR had the victim not been breathing.

“The seconds are valuable to save a life.”

McNabb said he has questioned in the past whether he really wants to become a paramedic, but Sunday’s events have given him more to think about.

“It could be a small sign that I have to go ahead and take that path,” he said. “Somehow it puts in perspective that we are more than a team.

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“We did what anyone would do… (but) it really reinforces that aspect of team and family that the Huskies have, and it feels good.

“I’m glad we were there when we were there to help him.”

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