Courageous Bystander Jumps To The Aid Of Wounded Policeman After Courthouse Shooting

Apr 02, 2014

One woman's quick-thinking amid chaos may have saved a cop's life.

After a shooter walked into a courthouse in Brampton, Ontario, and opened fire, Hunt wasted no time. Once the shooter was incapacitated, she put pressure on 53-year-old Constable Mike Klarenbeek's abdominal gunshot wound, and called 911.

If not for Hunt's bravery, the police officer could have bled out before the ambulance arrived.

Over the weekend Klarenbeek's condition stabilized and he was moved out of intensive care, but continues to recover at the hospital, The Canadian Press reported.

"Mike specifically wanted to thank a nurse, who was at the courthouse that day. She was the first to tend to him, before the paramedics arrived. He says without her help, it may have had a different outcome," Klarenbeek's wife said in a statement, according to the outlet.

However, Hunt is not actually a nurse and has no medical degree, but did some ambulance training nearly 30 years ago, according to Toronto Sun.

On the day of the shooting, Hunt who is on disability and uses marijuana medicinally to help with seizures, was in court to address marijuana possession charges.

"She was fearless. She just dove in there without hesitation and really seemed to know what she was doing," Marta McCulligh, Hunt's paralegal, told the outlet. "I am in awe of her and what she did. She is a hero, no question about it."