Williams wants to locate rescuer by March 18
LIVERPOOL - Andrew Williams of Kentville has found himself searching for Ryan Potter, again.
Last October, he was driving through Eagle Head, near Liverpool,when he was gripped by a stabbing pain in his chest. It was all he could do to pull his car into the nearest driveway.
That’s when he encountered Ryan.
“I was in pain I had my down on the top of the car trying to, you know, get it together and I said “I think I’m having a heart attack can you get me to the nearest hospital?’ “
That’s when Ryan took over. He grabbed William’s keys, jumped in his car, and started speeding to Queens General Hospital. He admitted later that he broke several traffic laws, but got Williams to the hospital in record time.
And it was a good thing he did. Williams was not having a heart attack, but an aortic aneurysm, which has an extremely low survival rate.
After Williams came to The Advance looking for the man he only knew as “Ryan” and Potter came forward.
Now, Williams wants to nominate Potter for The Order of Nova Scotia, in the category of bravery and community contribution. The deadline for the nomination is March 18.
But Williams can’t find Ryan – again.
“I’ve phoned, I’ve emailed, I’ve text messaged, and I’ve gotten no response,” he says. He has three letters of recommendation ready, and has filled out the form, but he has no biography of Ryan, which is required.
“I wouldn’t be prepared to put in the application without his approval in any case,” he says.
Williams says the award is important to him.
“I think Ryan deserves the recognition, despite what he said, and it’s my way of acknowledging that I’m alive because of his compassion,” he says.
Williams still hasn’t met Potter either.
“I’d like to meet him in person and thank him, and give him the card. That would be my priority, and my second would be to nominate him. And if he indicates that he doesn’t wish me to do that I would respect those wishes.”
Williams says he feels there’s not enough acknowledgement of human decency, and that’s why the nomination is important to him.
“I don’t know if he’s still off lobster fishing, or if that’s still going on.”
Williams is slowly recovering from his open-heart surgery. But the 69-year-old is still alive, and he truly believes that’s due to Ryan Potter.
“The respirologist who saw me about three weeks ago when she said good-bye to me, she said “I don’t get to meet too many of you people.’ And I said ‘I think I know what you mean’.”
So Williams will keep searching for Ryan – until the March 18 deadline passes.