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Sutherland-Metz honoured for saving girlfriend’s life

An Amherst teen has been honoured by the Royal Canadian Humane Association for saving his girlfriend’s life in June 2012.

AMHERST – An Amherst teen has been honoured by the Royal Canadian Humane Association for saving his girlfriend’s life in June 2012.

Brandon Sutherland-Metz, 17, was presented with a Honorary Testimonial Certificate during Amherst town council’s January meeting on Monday.

Sutherland-Metz was cooking food for his girlfriend Jessica Kay at her sister’s place on June 8, 2012 when he heard her yell for help. She had a painful back condition that was getting worse. He ran up the stairs and saw her pass out from the pain.

By the time he reached her, she had stopped breathing. He immediately began CPR and after about five minutes she regained consciousness and he took her to the hospital.

“I had taken a survival instructor course the summer before. I checked her vitals and began CPR. My instincts just kicked in,” Sutherland-Metz said after receiving the award from veteran Amherst Police officer Const. Jason Galloway. “It had a good ending, that’s what’s important.”

Sutherland-Metz said he was very surprised when he learned of the award and chose Galloway to make the presentation for him. He said he hopes to go into a career in law enforcement or perhaps the military.

Kay said she didn’t remember passing out and didn’t know what he had done for her until later. It’s something for which she will always be grateful.

“The only thing I remember is waking up and seeing him there. I was surprised and thankful that he was there,” Kay said.

Kay said they never found out what caused her to pass out, but added she may have fibromyalgia.

Galloway, who worked with Sutherland-Metz on the Amherst Youth Town Council and the Cops for Kids program, said he is a special teen and said Kay couldn’t have been in better hands.

“Every couple of years we have to go for recertification on CPR. The last time I recertified, the instructor asked me if I’d ever had to use it. I said I’d used it three times and none of them survived,” Galloway said. “You’re an amazing young man because you beat the odds. You were there and you used it and the person survived.”

The Royal Canadian Humane Association recognizes deserving Canadians for their acts of bravery.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Royal Canadian Humane Association, Amherst Youth Town Council, Cops for Kids

Geographic location: AMHERST

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