Joel Dalgarno wasn’t expecting this — not even as a firefighter.
Recently, on his off day, the Mammoth forward saved the life of a drowning woman at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
Dalgarno took the 2012 season off from the Mammoth and became a firefighter with the Port Coquitlam Fire and Rescue services.
The incident took place after Dalgarno had just finished a game of squash and was headed to the sauna, when he heard the lifeguard-on-duty’s emergency whistle sounding.
“The lady did drown and the lifeguards did a great job of getting her out of the water,” Dalgarno told Coquitlam Now. “I was there, so I knew with my firefighting background and with my first-aid training that I kind of wanted to take control of the situation.”
And fortunately he did.
“He got a pulse back on her in about 30 seconds after they got her out of the pool, so in some sense, he saved her life,” Coquitlam fire chief Tony Delmonico told the paper. “Whether somebody else would have done it if he wasn’t there I don’t know, but it’s nice having a trained fireman there who’s actually done this before.”
The Mammoth forward scored 22 points in 2011 for Colorado.
When Dalgarno returns to the Mammoth for the 2013 season, at least his teammates will be sure to rest easy.