Ontario Recognizing Outstanding Bravery of Paramedics
13 Paramedics Honoured with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
TORONTO — Ontario is honouring paramedics from across the province with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. This award is given to paramedics who have displayed exceptional acts of courage — performed on the job or off-duty — in the face of grave, personal danger.
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, will be presenting the awards to 13 paramedics in a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto this evening, honouring seven recipients from 2017 and six recipients from 2018.
"Paramedics play an important role in communities across Ontario by providing people and families with care, help and support in times of urgent need," said Elliott. "I am honoured to recognize the 13 recipients today, who have demonstrated exceptional care in dangerous and often life-threatening circumstances. I want to thank them for their bravery, as well as thank every paramedic across Ontario for their service."
The recipients are being recognized for their individual acts of courage, including: helping multiple gunshot victims while off-duty; saving a victim from drowning and hypothermia; rescuing a trapped driver from a burning vehicle; and protecting their team from a man wielding a knife.
"Today's ceremony recognizes the courage and professionalism that Ontario's paramedics demonstrate each and every day," said Neal Roberts, Chief of the Middlesex London Paramedic Service and President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs. "Through these selfless acts of bravery that are being recognized, all Ontario residents can be confident knowing that paramedics will always be there in their time of greatest need. Special thanks to Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Premier Doug Ford for recognizing the important work and contributions of Ontario's paramedics."
- Since its inauguration in 2015, 60 paramedics have received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery.
- Any Ontario paramedic is eligible to receive the award for an act of exceptional courage that has occurred within the last 24 months. It recognizes actions performed both on- and off-duty and may be bestowed posthumously.
- There are over 8,800 paramedics currently employed in Ontario, the largest group of paramedics in Canada.