It’s not every day a young man from Wetaskiwin gets to shake hands with the Queen of England. In fact, Tyler Bailer may be the first.
Back in the summer of 2015, when Tyler was 16, his mom yelled out, and Tyler came flying up the stairs to find his step dad David laid out on the floor with heart failure.
Tyler had been training for this sort of thing since he was 5 years old and regularly competes in life saving sports. He tells Global News that he sort of went into auto-pilot mode.
“I don’t know how I did it really. My training kicked in from Life Saving and I just did what I had to do.”
Due to Tyler’s skill and efforts his step-dad lived, and was able to join him and his mom to be awarded the Russell Medal in Buckingham Palace.
Tyler said it was quite a day.
“I never thought I’d be here, never thought I’d shake hands with the Queen or even ever be this close to her, so, it’s quite the experience.”
For saving David’s life he was awarded the Russell Medal in Buckingham Palace. David and Tyler’s mom Heather joined him and Heather said the Queen is soft spoken, and very kind.
As for what’s next, the jet lagged 17 year old said, “probably bed.”