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Local cop who suffered four heart attacks grateful to life-saving doctors

Last Updated Sep 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm PDT

West Vancouver Police Constable Jeff Palmer addressing the media at Royal Columbian Hospital. (Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Constable Jeff Palmer was saved by the paramedics on his charity bike ride and staff at RCH

The New Westminster hospital is trying to raise millions to upgrade its equipment

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) – Exactly one year ago, West Vancouver Police Constable Jeff Palmer was feeling great. He was taking part in the annual Cops for Cancer charity ride when in an instant his life changed.

West Vancouver Police Cst. Jeff Palmer being worked on by paramedics during a charity bike race in 2015.

Palmer was biking the route in Burnaby when he suffered a heart attack. And then another. And then another, followed by a fourth one in the emergency room after paramedics, who were riding with him and were able to get him to Royal Columbian Hospital.

He had two stents put in, followed by three more just a few days later.

Palmer, a former NEWS 1130 staff member, admits he was very fortunate and that has left him feeling very grateful. “Definitely to value every day. If you know somebody and you care about them, why not tell them that you care about them today? Don’t wait until tomorrow.”

He adds since then he doesn’t take any day for granted. “That really puts it into sharp focus that this day just marks that you have this opportunity and you have that opportunity because a lot of amazing people had amazing skills.

His return to the hospital today comes as it tries to raise $3.3 million to upgrade its cardiac lab that played a part in saving his life. The hospital says one in three British Columbians relies on its services for emergency care during a heart attack or cardiac arrest. And it performs 950 open-heart surgeries and 2,300 angioplasties annually — the highest rate in all of BC.

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