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Madhunt Publishing Company
Alliston, Ontario

Madhunt Publishing Company
founded March 22, 1999.

New Tecumseth Free Press Online
First Posted April 30, 1999

To email: Tony Veltri .

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'I am today, so thankful that Karl saved my life'

to the editor,

Posted May 14, 2014

I'm writing to tell about a wonderful man that saved my life. His name is Karl Dubkov. He is a volunteer firefighter with New Tecumseth Fire Department.

On Tuesday April 8, 2014, I was at my son's house in Alliston, and was sitting in a lounge chair when Karl Dubkov arrived to visit us. He was at the house less than five minutes when the unthinkable happened. I died.  My heart stopped and I stopped breathing.

My son and Karl removed me from the chair and placed me on the floor, my daughter-in-law called 911. My son, daughter-in-law and Karl tell me I had no pulse and was not breathing.

Karl performed CPR on me while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. He started CPR within one minute of me being dead. It was about three minutes later I came around. My heart started beating and I started breathing again. I could not speak properly, and I did not recall anything.

The paramedics arrived and took over. The Fire Department had arrived also, and assisted in getting me into the Ambulance. They transported me to the hospital, and I was subsequently moved to Southlake in Newmarket, where surgery to install a pacemaker took place.

I am today, so thankful that Karl saved my life, and appreciative of his talents.

Tom Gaston,
Barrie

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