Aurora Tigers Head Coach Greg Johnston was honoured during the Barrie Police Service’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Mapleview Community Church June 15.

Johnston is a veteran constable with the police service. 

Aurora Trainer Jenn Vaicunas, Collingwood Blues trainer Lindsey O’Neil and Johnston made headlines in February 2022 after they helped save a man who suffered a heart attack while playing shinny before an Ontario Junior Hockey League game in Collingwood.

​​Johnston praised Vaicunas and O’Neil for their quick action.

“They had everything rocking and rolling and those seconds at the start made a huge difference. It’s fortunate there was a hockey game that day and they were there,” Johnston told the Toronto Sun. “They are confident in that scenario. They did what they had to do.”

Johnston, who played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs,  is grateful that the AED machine was there.

“We needed a jump-start to get him going. Every school and sport facility should have one of those machines,” he said.

Later, the man’s family let everyone know that he was in stable condition.

Recognized during Thursday’s ceremony were members of the community and members of the police service, both uniform and civilian, for exemplary service, lifesaving and special recognition for acts that include developing partnerships, program creation and implementation and assistance to police.

Photo credit: OJHL Images


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