MPP Fullerton Recognizing Outstanding Bravery of local Paramedics

Published on May 28, 2021

West Carleton resident Thomas Quilliam one of four Lanark paramedics to receive the distinction 

May 28, 2021 – This week the province honoured 13 paramedics with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery, given to paramedics who performed individual acts of outstanding bravery in the face of danger.

Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Minister MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries honoured the individual paramedics in a virtual ceremony yesterday afternoon.

“Paramedics are on the frontlines when it comes to protecting our communities and saving lives. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen paramedics performing incredible acts of service and generosity,” said Premier Doug Ford. “From assisting with the vaccine rollout to alleviating hospital capacity by helping with home care, they have been here to support us every step of the way. On behalf of everyone in Ontario, I want to thank each of them for their service and congratulate this year’s winners of the Paramedic Bravery Awards. You are true heroes.”

West Carleton resident Thomas Quilliam serves in the Lanark County Paramedic Service and was one of four Lanark County paramedics receiving the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery.

“I want to commend and thank the Lanark County paramedics for their acts of bravery,” says Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton and Minister of Long-Term Care. “Paramedics are continuously stepping up to protect us and ensure the health and wellbeing of Ontarians in their time of need. They are instrumental in the delivery of timely health care services in our community.”  

“These paramedics put patients first and demonstrated fearless dedication to saving lives, said Peter Dundas, President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs. “They exemplify the virtues of this award and what it means to be a paramedic stepping up to serve their community every day. Congratulations to all.”

Background Details:

On March 29, 2019, Paramedic Quilliam, a fellow paramedic, and their superintendent responded to a crash involving two vehicles. After having advised bystanders to evacuate the area due to a broken gas line, one paramedic climbed into one of the vehicles which had slowly begun to roll downhill and secured it. The patient was rapidly transported from the scene. At the same time, Paramedic Quilliam provided care to an unconscious woman in the other vehicle.

The three paramedics were exposed to a great danger because of their exposure to a high level of natural gas. Residents later stated that the odor of natural gas could be smelled several blocks from the accident scene an hour later.

Quick Facts:

  • Paramedic Services Week is celebrated across Canada from May 23 to 29, 2021. The theme for Paramedic Services Week 2021 is Paramedic as an Educator – Citizen Ready and demonstrates the important role that paramedics play as educators to the public.
  • Since its inauguration in 2015, 56 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 may be bestowed posthumously.
  • There are over 9,400 paramedics currently employed in Ontario, the largest group of paramedics in Canada.
  • The Ontario government has invested $15 million to expand the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to provide additional care for seniors. Additionally, through innovative 9-1-1 models of care pilots across the province, paramedics are able to care for patients in their community.

 

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Media Contact for MPP Merrilee Fullerton:

Tiffany Lepack                          

Constituency Assistant            

613-599-3000

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