Lightning Bolt Certificates to be awarded to first responders individually this year

Cobourg, ON – August 4, 2020 – Due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, Northumberland Paramedics will present this year’s Lightning Bolt Certificates to first responders individually, as an alternative to the annual Survivor Day award ceremony.

This year, over 100 first responders will be awarded Lightning Bolt Certificates for their role in successfully resuscitating local residents suffering from cardiac arrest in 2019.

With the current provincial COVID-19 restrictions in place to limit gatherings to a maximum of 100 people, it will not be possible to present the awards to this year’s recipients during a Survivor Day awards ceremony, as in previous years. Alternatively, this year’s recipients will receive a Lightning Bolt Certificate as well as a booklet highlighting the stories from each award recipient.

“While we regret that we are unable to share these stories and celebrate the incredible, lifesaving efforts of our local first responders and brave bystanders in person this year, it is vital that we ensure the safety of the community by following the restrictions put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” states Northumberland Paramedics Chief Bill Detlor. “We congratulate each recipient of this year’s Lightning Bolt award and thank our local first responders for their service to our community.”