Thursday, November 29, 2007

Antonio Lamer

This column from Greg Weston of the Ottawa Sun puts a new spin on the life and habits of Justice Antonio Lamer.  Lamer always had the reputation as a person with a hardcore work ethic.  This, however, really goes above and beyond the call of duty.

I can assure you that I would never advise a client, nor would I ever permit myself, to conduct an interview while in the midst of a heart attack:

Turns out he had called us to do the interview after his wife had dialed 911.

His pulse had dropped to near-coma levels, and she was terrified her husband was having another heart attack like the one that had stopped his ticker for a full three minutes a couple of years before.

Throughout most of the interview, he later confessed, the voices we heard in the background (and assumed were office staff) were actually ambulance attendants impatiently wanting to put an oxygen mask where the phone was, and get him to hospital under full siren.

It's worth reading the whole column to learn how rare this gentleman was.

(h/t to my old friend RF for the link)

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