2nd Lieut. Catharina Goossen accepts the St. John Ambulance National Silver Award from Maj. Anthony Bone of the 521 Aurora Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Local woman receives St. John Ambulance lifesaving award

Catharina Goosseen lives in Mission and works in Abbotsford

A Mission resident who is posted with BC Ambulance Service in Abbotsford has been awarded the St. John Ambulance National Silver Award for saving a life.

The award was recently presented to 2nd Lieut. Catharina Goossen by Maj. Anthony Bone at the 521 Aurora Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS).

On March 25 of this year, Goossen was travelling on a ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen when she heard a call for medical assistance.

Goossen has been a paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service for 25 years and instincts immediately took over.

She worked alongside BC Ferries staff and an on-scene doctor to provide 45 minutes of continuous cardio pulmonary resuscitation while the ferry returned to dock.

She was met by advanced life support paramedics.

Goossen had been returning from training in Victoria for her role as the administration officer for 521 RCACS.

She has been with the squadron for five years and also volunteers her skills as the first aid officer.

The St. John Ambulance National Silver Award recognizes individuals or groups who have saved or attempted to save a life through the application of first aid knowledge and skills, where no risk to life exists. The cadet program offers emergency and standard first aid training to all cadets and adult staff.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford veteran survives cancer scare, celebrates 95th birthday

Second World War veteran Andy Anderson receives socially distanced birthday party after health scare

Bank robber who was on the lam receives three years in jail

Lucas Bradwell was wanted for robberies in Abbotsford, Sidney and Vancouver

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

Missing Chilliwack man not seen for eight days

Bruce James Madill last known location was on Paula Crescent on Sept. 16

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Mounties cleared by watchdog in fatal shooting of man with schizophrenia in Maple Ridge

Kyaw Din was killed by the RCMP during a mental health incident in August 2019

Local councils important, Horgan says as municipal conference ends

B.C. NDP leader says ‘speed dating’ vital, online or in person

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Increased border enforcement curbs cross-line parties at Peace Arch State Park

Gatherings between U.S. and Canadian citizens ‘a daily carnival’ – resident

Most Read