On Thursday April 2, at Toronto Emergency Services Headquarters, Chief Paul Raftis hosted the division’s annual awards ceremony. Among the more than 50 people recognized for their roles in helping paramedics save lives in Toronto over the past year were 32 residents and several employees of the Toronto Police Service, the City’s Corporate Security and the Toronto Transit Commission.
“I want to thank Toronto Paramedic Services for taking the initiative to host these awards,” said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.
“These awards not only recognize paramedic, emergency medical dispatch and operations support persons of the year, but also residents and bystanders who make a difference in stepping in to help a paramedic save a life.”
Chief Paul Raftis commented, “Each year, the number of residents and allied service members we recognize increases. This is a testament to the caring people who live in the city who are willing to step in and help a stranger, family member or friend in a medical emergency. It makes me proud to lead this team of dedicated medical professionals – and to also serve the people who live in our community.”
Toronto Paramedic Services employees submit names of residents, bystanders and allied service members to a nomination committee as events occur each year. The submissions are reviewed by a nominating committee for the selection of award recipients. Following is the list of award winners for 2015. A photo gallery will be posted shortly.