‘Ottawa’ Eleven Eastern Ontario Paramedics to be Honoured for Bravery
Eight Ottawa paramedics, and one from Renfrew County, will be among 21 from across the province are to be honoured Thursday night at Queen’s Park for acts of bravery.
The second annual Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery is awarded for exceptional courage on the job or off duty on the face of grave, personal danger.
Ottawa paramedic Chief Anthony Di Monte, Supt. Rodney Hamberger and paramedics Michael Call, Mylene Carbonneau, Eric Jetten, David Perras, Dan Pollock and Adam Whiteford of the Ottawa Paramedic Services were lauded for their quick action in attending the stricken Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in an attack on Parliament Hill on Oct. 22, 2014.
After reports of gunfire at the War Memorial and on Parliament Hill flooded into 911, Di Monte was the first paramedic to race to Cirillo’s side. Hamberger and the six other paramedics soon followed “without regard for their own safety they responded into a chaotic, uncontrolled scene,” according to a statement from the office of Health and Long-term Care Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins.
Renfrew paramedic Brad Smith will also be honoured for his part in the rescue of a snowmobiler stranded on Calabogie Lake on Feb. 12, 2012. Smith, with the help of his crew, commandeered a canoe to break through into the open water, then used his hands as a paddle and steered the canoe to reach the victim.
While transferring the snowmobiler into the rescue boat, Smith was pitched into the frigid water and his crew helped pull him to safety.
Meanwhile, paramedics Joe Ferguson and Dale Hodgins from Frontenac County near Kingston, will also be at the ceremony for responding to a call where a car had veered off a road and crashed into a house at the point of the gas meter.
“The natural gas leak made for an extremely volatile and unpredictable rescue, yet these paramedics still worked to remove the victim from the vehicle,” said the minister’s office.
“Paramedics play a critical role in the health and safety of Ontarians, providing life-saving care in highly stressful situations,” said Hoskins in a statement. “Today’s awards reflect our recognition of paramedics’ exceptional commitment to their communities, our appreciation for their courage, and our gratitude for their selfless service.”