A local doctor has received the highest award for civilian bravery for his efforts in saving Yaletown shop owner, Paul Dragan.
Dr. Clifford Chase was out for coffee on June 10, 2014 with his late wife when she called on him to aid Dragan, who had just been shot.
“When I tended to him for 15 minutes I didn’t think he would survive.”
Chase says Dragan had lost a significant amount of blood and sustained injuries to his back.
Using a large white towel from a nearby Starbucks, Dr. Chase stablized Dragan until first responders arrived.
“I tried to stop the bleeding and keep his airway open and just be with him.”
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Chase doesn’t credit himself but instead says what really helped Dragan live a normal life was how emergency staff responded.
“I appreciate the recognition, I don’t take credit. I just intervened and did what I could. I was the right person at the right time with the right training.”
He has been given the Award of Merit by the Vancouver Police Department.
After close to 30 years of working as a trauma physician he now acts as a part-time family doctor.
Gerald Battersby has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the shooting.
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