Paramedic Week Activities - Celebrating First Responders & Community Well-being

Cobourg ON - June 3, 2015—–  Paramedic Week took place from May 24 to May 30, 2015. While recognizing the dedication and commitment of front-line paramedic personnel, this annual event encouraged the community to learn more about the profession, allowed paramedics to engage with the community, and celebrated the value and hard work of paramedics and first responders.

The week ended with an award ceremony to recognize outstanding staff and community members. The community award recipients included a resident of Campbellford who rescued an injured mother and a 5 month old infant in a car seat from a burning minivan.  Other awards included the Employee of the Year Award, two Citizenship Awards received by staff and six Community Awards presented to deserving community members and first responders who have greatly assisted with the work of Paramedics.

As they do throughout the year, Northumberland Paramedics volunteered their time to participate in many events during the week. With their annual participation in the Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart/ Paramedic Challenge they acquired a total of 5 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) for our community.  This year’s contribution of 3 AED’s were presented to the Cobourg Lions Community Centre, Brighton Public Works and Forrest Dennis Seniors Centre. 

“AEDs save lives,” stated Bill Detlor, Chief of Northumberland Paramedics. “Equipping these three organizations with such important technology, purchased through the Ride for Heart is an important contribution to the safety of the community.”

Further information about how community agencies can apply for any future AED’s please see Northumberland County’s website at  

Details and photos of the Awards Ceremony are attached.

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