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Having trained as a paramedic and a nurse, Thomas got out of her wheelchair and performed CPR for quite some time, resuscitating the man. Andy Mills, Temporary Store Manager, says paramedics at the scene said her actions saved his life.

“The ambulance paramedics came back and said what she did saved his life; he was definitely saved by Darlene.”

Mills is now working to recognize Thomas, who’s being referred to as a local hero. He plans to nominate her for the Walmart’s national Shining Star award, that acknowledges associates who go above and beyond their responsibilities at work. If her nomination is approved, Walmart will pay to send her on a trip to Toronto next February for the ceremony.

Mills is also nominating her for a Red Cross Rescuer Award, which acknowledges the efforts of non-professional rescuers who go out of their way to save a life, prevent further injury and/or provide comfort to the injured.

Closer to home, Thomas has already received flowers and accolades from the local Walmart, and Mills hopes to find other ways to recognize her.

“I’m going to do something internal, something just recognize what she did.”

The man Thomas saved was transferred to an Edmonton hospital, and is reportedly recovering well.

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