Whatcom County Emergency Medical Services announced a recognition ceremony at Lake Whatcom for responders who saved the life of a 71-year-old with sudden cardiac arrest.
1968 Olympic rower Charles Hamlin was on Lake Whatcom this past June when he appeared to have a seizure.
Off-duty firefighter Antonio Robinson was in a nearby boat when he heard calls for help.
He swam to Hamlin’s boat and with help from others began CPR.
Once on shore, Bellingham firefighters and paramedics resuscitated Hamlin and took him to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.
Hamlin made a full recovery and recently won 5 gold medals in Master’s Division rowing events in Florida.