Learning first aid is an essential part of training for future RMTs, and David Goodman teaches the First Aid Course at CCMH Toronto. He is the Founder and CEO of Heaven Can Wait, a company that provides emergency first aid training courses to educate and empower the public. After graduating from Western University with his Bachelor of Science degree, he completed a Diploma in Paramedicine at Centennial College. He was an exceptional paramedic, retiring only after he sustained a back injury. But this did not keep David from helping those in emergency situations. He uses education to give people the knowledge and skills they need to act confidently in an emergency situation.
After all, David is not always going to be driving by the scene of an emergency as he was, on December 3, 2014 when 77-year-old Sandy Laidlaw went into cardiac arrest on a sidewalk near Yonge and Eglinton. David rushed over, administered CPR until the paramedics arrived and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was used to restart Sandy’s heart. Sandy made a full recovery. In this Toronto Star article, Sandy’s son Michael is quoted as saying, “Everyone I tell this story to says they can’t believe the guy has a company named Heaven Can Wait and he just happens to be driving by at that exact moment.”
David’s heroism that day was formally recognized at this year’s Toronto Paramedic Services Award ceremony. This award recognizes everyone from paramedics to every-day Toronto citizens who help paramedics save a life. You can see David accepting his award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69-4yY25Ik, as well as the presenter who is only too happy to help publicize Heaven Can Wait to the wonderful people in the audience. As David recounted, “The ceremony was awesome.”
If David had not been there, would another passerby have been able to save Sandy? “Complacency and apathy are deadly and I speak from experience.” says David, “It’s never too late to take control and empower yourself with the knowledge to help save a life. It’s better to know First Aid and CPR and ideally not have to use it than have to use it and not know it. Learn what you need!” To reiterate his point made in the Toronto Star, David adds, “People are concerned about making a mistake, but the worst thing to do is nothing. Immediately call 911, start CPR, and apply a defibrillator if one is available.”
Needless to say, we are very grateful to have David training some of our students in first aid. He has tended to the training of our students himself for the last three years. CCMH students and faculty especially like how he’s real. He is often told that he keeps it simple and comes across as a realist. Clients and colleagues have reported that “his unique style is engaging, enjoyable, exceptionally comprehensive and consistently has tremendous impact on all his participants.” As Massage Therapists, we are responsible for the well-being and safety of our clients. We need to be prepared and armed with the knowledge and skills necessary to act in an emergency situation.
CCMH Toronto Director of Education Terry-Lynn Nolan met David many years ago and admires “the fact that [he] shares his knowledge with all who want to learn how to do the same. [His] passion for human life is heartwarming.” We would encourage everyone to emulate and honour David by attending first aid training. To all of our readers, it is never too early to learn. Heaven Can Wait offers the “Cool” Aid First Aid For Kids (hyperlink) course to children in grades 1-6. Heaven can wait, so don’t put off learning the basics of first aid. You never know when it might come in handy and make the ultimate difference.
David Goodman is responsible for the training of CCMH students in first aid. For more information or to enroll in one of the Heaven Can Wait emergency first aid training courses, visit his website at http://www.heavencanwait.biz and check out the Toronto Star Article at: http://www.thestar.com/life/2015/01/23/heaven-can-wait.html