Royal Military College student Officer Cadet Mskwoka Mcgregor proved he’s a hero whether he’s in uniform or not when he teamed up with his brother to save the life of a two-year-old boy.
The incident took place over the holidays while Mcgregor was back in his hometown of Espanola, ON.
On Mcgregor’s last evening in town, he and his brother Talon were supposed to go to the movies. But as fate would have it, the weather forced the two to stay close and visit a local restaurant instead. While they were having dinner, the brothers heard a commotion that caused them to leap into action.
“…[it] turned out to be a family in distress over their two-year-old son ‘Jameson’ choking on food. Once we recognized what was happening, my brother and I jumped in to help the family dislodge the food from the young boy’s mouth. What seemed like an eternity was only about 50 seconds of him choking,” recalled Mcgregor.
Because of their medical training and the fact that not many people were in the restaurant that night, Mcgregor knew immediately that he and his brother needed to help.
“Thankfully, we are both CPR trained, which played a massive role in saving the young boy,” said Mcgregor.
Thanks to Talon and Mskwoka’s persistence, the food was dislodged, and Jameson began crying and breathing again. A fact that says Mcgregor brought him instant relief and pure joy.
Heroic Act Garners Attention
The Mcgregor brother’s heroic act has garnered attention not only in their hometown but also in the media.
“My brother and I didn’t expect this much attention at all, but situations like this rarely happen in the small town we’re from. It has been extremely humbling,” noted the RMC student.
For Mcgregor and his brother, it was all about saving a child’s life.
“I am just glad that he was able to be helped, and I get a peaceful feeling knowing he has his whole life ahead of him,” said Mcgregor.
Mcgregor is now back in school and focusing on what’s ahead. After participating in the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year, he is pursuing his education and military career in the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) at RMC.
ALOY is a one-year program that provides indigenous candidates with exposure to the CAF and a chance to advance their careers within the military.
“I aspire to become an armoured officer when I graduate from RMC, and I’m looking forward to the years to come,” said Mcgregor.