Edmonton nursing student helps victim of Saturday night’s attacks – Edmonton

Nena Powell was working behind the bar at the Pint on Saturday night when her manager called her outside to the scene of an emergency.

“He said, ‘I need you outside right now, please stay calm,’ ” Powell said at a news conference Monday.

The 23-year-old nursing student rushed out to 109th Street, where a man was lying unconscious in an alleyway.

Powell checked the man’s pulse and stabilized his head while waiting for first responders to arrive.

Security gathered football fans and pedestrians off the street into the bar, but Powell said she was too busy to notice.

“I didn’t know what was going around me,” she said. “I was just concerned about this guy’s heart rate … that was the only thing I was thinking about was, ‘My fingers are on his pulse,’ and I was just  hoping that it wasn’t going to stop.”

Powell didn’t know she was tending to one of the victims of an attack that shocked the city in late Saturday night.

Police say a man drove into a police roadblock near Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday evening, striking a police officer. The man then stabbed the officer and ran off.

Hours later, police say the same man was stopped while driving a U-Haul cube van.

The man sped off and drove from Wayne Gretzky Drive to Jasper Avenue with police in pursuit. The van struck pedestrians along Jasper Avenue before it was flipped on its side.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm, dangerous driving and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Five people were taken to hospital after Saturday night’s events, including Const. Mike Chernyk.

Powell said by the time the ambulance came the man’s pulse was getting stronger. She said she doesn’t know how the man is doing now.

Soon after first responders took the man to hospital, Powell said she got back behind the bar and kept working. As rumors started to circulate that the accident was more…

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