Three young men recognized for helping a friend after a ski accident in Wakefield, Que.

WAKEFIELD, QUE. – Three young men are recognized by the ski patrol team at the Edelweiss Ski Resort in Wakefield, Que. to help their friend in a time of need.

“It was just my first instinct to do that,” said 11-year-old Cole Williams. “The good thing to do is help your friend.”

On January 13, Kai O’Toole and his friends were on their way down to the snowboard park, a race they know of.

The unthinkable happened, though.

“I hit a box and I fell and broke my two bones in my arm,” O’Toole said.

“It was a little scary to see my friend’s arm broken,” added Callum Foley, who was also there that day.

Through quick deliberations, they summoned the ski patrol team, kept O’Toole calm, and helped the team bring him safely down the busy hill.

“We have seen many of these injuries and these incidents, and I have never seen three friends stick with their wounded comrade, as these young boys did,” said Ian Izzard, one of the ski patrol members who responded to the accident.

Impressed by their heroism, the ski patrol team tells CTV News Ottawa that this is the first time they have awarded a group these appreciation certificates.

“I did not think it would end in an award,” said 15-year-old Jonas Wynen. “I just felt like that was what anyone wanted to do.”

Grateful for his friends, the 11-year-old has to wait at least two months before joining them on the lift. But he has a backup plan.

“Play Xbox, watch TV, and relax at home.”

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