6 men receive SCDF award for saving man's life

(From left) Major Chia Peng Peng, Mr Chew Ho Kiat Raymond, Mr Wong Kuek Phong, Hong Kah North MP Amy Khor, Mr Ng Kheng Yong Danny, Mr Asnadi Bin Robani, Mr Billy Lim Kuang Lee and Lieutenant Colonel Betty Ting.
(From left) Major Chia Peng Peng, Mr Chew Ho Kiat Raymond, Mr Wong Kuek Phong, Hong Kah North MP Amy Khor, Mr Ng Kheng Yong Danny, Mr Asnadi Bin Robani, Mr Billy Lim Kuang Lee and Lieutenant Colonel Betty Ting.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

SINGAPORE - First-aid instructor Billy Lim was walking home one night when he received an alert from the myResponder app on his phone of a case of cardiac arrest nearby.

It was close to 10pm on Nov 21 last year when the 32-year-old ran over to Hong Kah North Community Centre in Bukit Batok to lend his assistance.

"When I arrived, I saw some people doing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the man. An AED (automated external defibrillator) was already attached to him," said Mr Lim, adding that five other men were already on scene to help.

Mr Lim said he took over the CPR when one of them grew tired.

"Performing CPR is tiring... you have to let them rest in between and someone else takes over."

While waiting for the ambulance, the group used the AED to deliver three shocks to the man, believed to be in his 50s, and managed to save his life. The man was then taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital by the ambulance.

Mr Lim is among the volunteers who are alerted to reports of people with cardiac arrest near them by the Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF) myResponder app.

For their efforts, the six men who helped that night received the Community Lifesaver and Community First Responder Awards.  Five of them, including Mr Lim, attended a ceremony on Friday (Feb 23) where they were presented the awards by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, and MP for Hong Kah North.

The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the 4th SCDF Division in Bukit Batok.

One of the awardees was Mr Danny Ng, 42, who chairs the Hong Kah North Community Emergency and Engagement Committee. He was alerted to the incident that night after a grassroots meeting.

Mr Ng, director of a recycling company, said that he and three others performed CPR on the man after they realised that he was not breathing.

"We weren't scared, we just wanted to save a life. We must have spent about 10 to 15 minutes performing CPR, but it felt a lot longer," he said.

After administering three shocks via the AED, the man started vomiting.

"We suddenly heard the sound of him gasping for air and we hugged each other," said Mr Ng.

When asked why he decided to help, Mr Lim said: "I always imagine that it's my loved one that is the one in trouble. And you would do your best to help a loved one."

"Nothing can be more fulfilling and meaningful than saving a life," he said.