LIFESAVER: (From left) Lifeguards Loo Eng Hwee, Quek Cheow Kwang and Edwin Lim. TNP PHOTO: RONALD LOH

What they did during emergencies saved lives.

Yesterday, over 100 bystanders and paramedics were presented commendation certificates at the Survivor Awards Singapore 2014.

They were recognised for their efforts in giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillation during cardiac arrest incidents.

Among them were the three lifeguards - Mr Edwin Lim, 29, Mr Loo Eng Hwee, 56, and Mr Quek Cheow Kwang, 65 - who saved army regular Desmond Lim in March last year.

The event, which is in its second year, was organised by Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care.

Associate Professor Marcus Ong, senior consultant of SGH's department of emergency medicine, said: "Without the help of CPR-trained bystanders, the outcome for many of these survivors could have been very different."

He added that about 70 to 80 per cent of the time, a victim would be at home, thus it falls on family or relatives to perform CPR.