Recipients of Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
The Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery was created to honour paramedics who have performed an act of exceptional courage. This year, 13 paramedics are being recognized for courageous actions performed on the job or off-duty. Award recipients were selected from nominations submitted in 2017 and 2018.
2017 Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery Recipients:
Paramedics Jason Bailey and Noah Parkin - Parry Sound District EMS
On July 19, 2016, Paramedics Bailey and Parkin responded to reports of a man diving into the Magnetawan River in Burk's Falls but did not resurface. When they arrived at the scene, both paramedics jumped into the water to rescue the man. After several dive attempts, Paramedic Bailey found the man and pulled him to the surface. Together, with three OPP constables, the paramedics brought the man to shore and immediately began CPR. The man succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Paramedic James Dausett - Huron County Paramedic Services
On July 25, 2017, Paramedic Dausett and his partner responded to a car accident on the highway. The car was on fire with the driver stuck inside. Paramedic Dausett entered the burning car to get the driver out safely. By the time the driver was brought to the ambulance, the car was fully engulfed in flames. Paramedic Dausett and his partner treated the driver on the way to hospital.
Paramedics Bret Foisy and Richard Morra - York Region Paramedic Services
In the early morning hours of September 14, 2017, Paramedics Foisy and Morra responded to a distress call at the Holland River. The paramedics searched for 35 minutes in the dark marsh before finding the person. They quickly began to treat for hypothermia. As a result of their heroic actions, the person remained safe until police services took over.
Paramedics Roger Littwiller and Dave Valdes - Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services
On January 10, 2017, Paramedics Littwiller and Valdes responded to a falls detection alert. When they arrived on scene, they found a home filled with smoke and an active fire. The paramedics called the fire department and entered the home to find and help the unconscious man get out safely. Both paramedics risked their lives by entering the smoke-filled home and saved the man from further damage from smoke inhalation.
2018 Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery Recipients:
Paramedic Perrine Corman and Superintendent Darrell Drew - Ottawa Paramedic Service
On March 11, 2017, Superintendent Drew and Paramedic Corman responded to a distress call from a couple experiencing alcohol withdrawal. When they arrived on scene, the situation escalated with the couple using kitchen knives and metal rods as weapons. Paramedic Corman successfully disarmed one of them, while Superintendent Drew held the door so that his staff could safely exit the residence. Once police had secured the scene, the paramedics returned to treat the couple and bring them to the hospital.
Paramedic Ian Gibson - Halton Region Paramedic Services
On June 24, 2019, while off duty at a restaurant, Paramedic Gibson helped a woman who stumbled in with a gun shot wound in her leg. While treating the woman, he noticed a second victim lying in the parking lot. Once the initial victim was stable and cared for, Paramedic Gibson ran to help the second victim, where he initiated CPR. The second victim was resuscitated and airlifted to a trauma unit.
Paramedics Marie Sopko and Ched Zivic - Haldimand County Paramedic Services
On January 13, 2018, Paramedics Sopko and Zivic responded to reports of a house fire that was caused by a possible explosion. When they arrived on scene, the victim had severe burns to their face and upper body. Initially, the homeowner refused treatment as he tried to put out the fire in his home. While Paramedic Sopko attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher, Paramedic Zivic successfully convinced the man to leave his home and receive treatment.
Paramedic Joseph Vandermeer - Oxford County Paramedic Services
On June 10, 2019, while responding to a call along Highway 401 in Woodstock, Paramedic Vandermeer and his partner encountered a woman running along an overpass. They noticed Woodstock firefighters chasing the woman. As the Paramedics moved their ambulance closer to talk to the woman, she began sprinting towards the side of the overpass. Paramedic Vandermeer instinctively knew she was intending to jump onto the highway below and leapt out of the moving ambulance to stop her. Paramedic Vandermeer was able to pull her back to safety.