Today at 2 p.m. at Toronto Emergency Headquarters, Toronto Paramedic Services’ Chief Paul Raftis, Ward 10, York Centre Councillor James Pasternak, Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee and Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer, Honourary Toronto Paramedic Services Chief presented the annual toronto Paramedic Services Awards.
Fifty-seven people received awards for their public service at this annual ceremony.
“I am so impressed by the stories that have been told here today. We live in a great City with great people, sharing a great sense of community. It is remarkable for me to meet so many Toronto residents, who were willing to step forward to help someone in need.” Said Councillor Pasternak.
Chief Raftis stated, “This annual event gives our service the opportunity to say thank-you to members of the public and to our allied service colleagues who selflessly step forward to help members of our community experiencing a medical emergency. Their compassion is justly recognized and appreciated by our paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and operations support staff.”
The Toronto Paramedic Services awards are held annually in the spring. The awards recognize members of the public who have gone out of their way to provide first-aid and care to people experiencing a medical emergency. The emergency assistance recognized this year range from bystanders starting Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a person without vital signs, administering a life-saving shock from a public access defibrillator to slowing severe bleeding from a traumatic injury.
Toronto Paramedic Services Employees of the Year and those receiving awards for bravery were also recognized today.