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Passing of Brendan Gibson

On Sunday, February 26th, Brendan Gibson, passed away from a severe asthma attack leaving everyone that he knew devastated from the news.

For those who had a chance to know him, Brendan always had a radiant smile and charismatic personality. He worked as a UCA at Trillium hospital ER and subsequently an ACO at Cambridge CACC. He has forever made an impact on all the lives he touched. Brendan’s memory will be carried on by his father Brian, mother Kim, brother Mitchell and sister Kristen and his puppy Bella.

Our collective hearts go out to our friends and colleagues in Cambridge CACC on the loss of their co-worker, from your Peel Paramedic family.

Peel Paramedic Chris Rix

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Peel Regional Paramedic Service Primary Care Paramedic Chris Rix who died on June 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

It has been a trying week at Peel Regional Paramedic Services as we come to grips with Chris’ death. He was a friend to many co-workers out of Tedlo Base in Mississauga. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral arrangments have been sent to regional emails and dress uniforms are requested if available. If not a uniform with black tie is requested.

Peel Paramedic Martin Wood

Martin Badge Pic

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Peel Regional Paramedic Service Advanced Care Paramedic Martin Wood on January 31, 2016. Please see the Peel Paramedic Association’s media release: MartinWood_Release.

Martin was the paramedic that paramedics thrived to emulate. Smart, smooth and compassionate. His compassion was felt by all who came in contact with him.

It has been a very trying week for all at Peel Regional Paramedic Services and all through the tight-knit paramedic community as we come to terms with this great loss.

As Advanced Care Paramedic Kendall Barrett-Smith put it on the GoFundMe page that has been created to help Martin’s family: “We’re raising funds for our good friend, colleague and mentor. Martin was an inspiration and prime example of an outstanding paramedic to all of his friends and coworkers. He would have been the first to step up for a friend. Let’s step up for Martin and help out his family. ” Click here if you wish to help the family of the man who helped so many in their time of need.

Paramedic Martin Wood’s funeral will be held Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Midland. The family requests that NO DRESS OR REGULAR UNIFORMS BE WORN to the funeral or visitation. Please be respectful of the family’s wishes.


Visitiation: Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 11am to 9pm at Christian Island United Church located at Kate Kegwin Street, Christian Island.

Funeral: Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 11am at Christian Island United Church, Kate Kegwin Street, Christian Island.

A ferry is required to access Christian Island. The schedule can be found here.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Tema Conter Memorial Trust.

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Updated Arrangements for LODD Ambulance New Brunswick Air Ambulance Crash

ANB Black Ribbon

Update: Funeral Arrangements for Paramedic William Mallock

Visitation will take place Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 2-4pm and 6-9pm at Seal Cove Baptist Church on Grand Manan, NB.

Funeral will take place on Wednesday August 20, 2104 at the Community Centre starting at 1:30pm followed by an open reception. A private graveside ceremony will follow.

It is encouraged that paramedics should attend in uniform or dress uniform with a black ribbon in place.

It is recommended that you obtain a reservation for the ferry from Blacks Harbour at 9:30am.

Please respect a scent free environment and artificial flowers only.

It is with heavy hearts that all paramedics mourn the loss of Paramedic William Mallock, a 20 year veteran paramedic of Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) as well as a veteran pilot, Klaus Sonnenberg. The other pilot and a nurse on board survived the crash.

Ambulance New Brunswick and Global News has reported the crash happened at 5am, Aug. 16, 2014 at Grand Manan Airport after dropping off a patient at Saint John Regional Hospital.

New Brunswick Health Minister Hugh Flemming’s statement on crash.

A video message from the Interim President of the ANB, Paul Ward about the events of this morning.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, co-workers at Ambulance New Brunswick of William “Bill” Mallock on their tragic loss today. William Mallock died serving his community and his friends.

Please keep them in your thoughts.  We will update arrangement plans as we come across them.

President Scott Caldwell

Ottawa tactical training explosion. Paramedics and officers injured.

Update June 19, 2014: The three paramedics have been identified by Ottawa Paramedic Services. Two Ottawa Police Service Tactical Officers suffered minor injuries. Tactical Paramedic Bradley Ross suffered minor injuries and despite his injuries he was the first to help his two paramedic team members who were more seriously injured. Tactical Paramedic Reid Purdy and Tactical Paramedic/Supt. Craig MacInnes suffered secondary burns and were admitted to ICU as a precaution and intubated and sedated. Ottawa Paramedic Services has updated that both Reid and Craig are awake but still intubated. They have both been able to communicate using cue cards. The Professional Paramedic Assocation of Ottawa sent gift baskets to the Queensway-Carelton Hospital Emergency Department Staff and the Ottawa General Hospital ICU staff as a thank you for their commitment and amazing care of their fellow paramedics. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Tactical team members kept vigil at the hospital during this tough time as well as the RCMP Tactical team visited the pair in the Ottawa General Hospital ICU.  Please keep Reid and Craig in your thoughts for a speedy recovery. The families of Reid and Craig have requested privacy while the pair make their recovery from their injuries.

Ottawa Paramedic Services Chief DiMonte has given an update on the conditions of the three Paramedics and two Police Officers injured in this morning’s Tactical exercise. See video.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund our thoughts are with all who were injured especially the two Ottawa Tactical Paramedics who are in ICU.

News is reaching us that three Ottawa paramedics and two police officers have been injured in a joint training exercise that involved explosives. Ottawa Paramedic Services Chief Anthony Do Monte reports that two paramedics are in ‘very serious condition’ in a trauma centre.
All other injuries have been described as minor.
Paramedics regularly train with police and RCMP in the nation’s capitol.
Our thoughts are with the families and peers of those injured today.

RCMP Line of Duty Deaths, Moncton, New Brunswick


On June 4, 2014 three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Officers were killed in the line of duty in Moncton, New Brunswick. End of Watch June 4, 2014 for Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, QC; Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France; and Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, NB. Two RCMP Officers were wounded as well on this sad day.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families, coworkers, the RCMP, and the policing community. It is truly a tragedy that three fine officers lost their lives. It goes without saying, in emergency services, when one, in this case three, fall we all feel it. We hope that the two wounded officers make a smooth and quick recovery from their injuries.

A RCMP Regimental Funeral will be held in Moncton, NB on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 1:00pm at Moncton Coliseum, 377 Killam Drive, in Moncton, NB. A parade of RCMP and other law enforcement officer will take place before the funeral. For those who wish to send their messages of condolences, the RCMP has set up an online condolences email. Most police departments and town halls across Canada have a book of condolences that members of the public can sign as well.

On the night of June 9, 2014, please keep a front light on all night in honour of these three fine officers. Heroes in Life, Not in Death.

Closing of Paramedic Week

ORNGE Commemoriation

Today I had another friend of mine tell me, I could never do your job. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this over the last 8 years as a Paramedic. But it got me thinking about the special type of person a Paramedic is that can come to work everyday and never know what to expect. Sometimes you laugh and sometimes you are almost in tears. You, Paramedics, are definitely ordinary people doing extraordinary things for people you have never met. John Wooden said, You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. Paramedics save people every single day and for this how can anyone ever repay you? You as Paramedics live perfect days everyday.

As Paramedic Week 2014 winds down for another year it seems like this is one if not the best Paramedic Weeks ever. Through social media it seemed as though every Paramedic Service across Ontario and Canada was participating in open houses, CPR clinics, car seat clinics, etc. Peel Paramedics were featured in the Mississauga News for this years’ Paramedic Week Celebrations. Peel Paramedics Service gave us a #BehindTheScenes look at how the Peel Paramedic Service manages a 97,000/year call volume with 500+ paramedic and support staff, 50 ambulances, and 8 Rapid Response Units, on twitter (@Peel_Paramedics). The Peel Paramedic Association applied their trade at a local car seat clinic and CPR demos in conjuction with Peel Paramedic Services along with their amazing BBQ supplied by our very own Peel Paramedic John Waito. Chief Peter Dundas and Commissioner Janette Smith came to enjoy some of the great BBQ as well.  Andy the Ambulance made an appearance and was a hit with the younger crowd.

Last year on this day, May 31 the Paramedic family lost two Paramedics and ORNGE Pilots in a crash near Moosenee while responding to help a patient in need. Please take a moment and remember Flight Paramedic Chris Snowball, Flight Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, First Officer Jaques Dupuy, and Captain Don Filliter. Its a reminder to us all that not all Paramedics make it home to their families. Simcoe and Peel Paramedic Paul Carson has put together a sensational video commemorating these fine Paramedics and Pilots as well as all Paramedics.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund I would like to say thank you to all Paramedics who make a difference every single day, in every community throughout Ontario, Canada and the world. I love being part of the Paramedic Family and you all deserve the utmost respect and admiration for doing one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the world today.

Scott Caldwell


Happy Paramedic Week!!


Paramedic Week is a time that we celebrate Paramedics across Canada. The motto for this year’s celebration is “Our Family Helping Yours”. Its a time when Paramedics can reflect on those few and far between but heartfelt thank yous that patients and their families have said after Paramedics have helped them in their time of need or crisis. Paramedic Services across Canada are celebrating with many events that promote Paramedics and Paramedicine within the community.

Peel Regional Paramedic Services (@Peel_Paramedics), Peel Paramedics Association (@ParamedicAssoc) , and OPSEU Local 277 (@OPSEU277)  will be holding many events from CPR clinics, car seat clinics, etc. On Twitter a #BehindTheScenes look on May 27th at what it takes to handle a 97,000 per year call volume with 500+ Paramedics, Management, and Support Staff. The Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund will also be tweeting #BehindTheScenes at @peelemsfund. You can find out more about Ontario Paramedics at the Ontario Paramedics Assocation.

If you see a Paramedic this week, please shake their hand and give them a thank you for what they do for your community and your families. Paramedics are there for the citizens of Canada 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. They miss time with their families to help yours. They miss Christmas, New Years, and all holidays that others  take for granted. Paramedics love helping people and they love saving lives. Paramedics are a humble group but  love to tell a story. Paramedics are ordinary people doing extraordinary things in some of the worst environments and conditions imaginable.

An opinion piece  about Paramedics’ education and what they can do can be found here. Ontario Paramedic Paul Carson is a Paramedic Video Guru and has many a video. His videos include: My Sacrifice, I am a Paramedic, and Keep Holding On. These videos show the faces of Paramedics across Ontario.

If you’re a Paramedic we want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the toughest job you will ever love.

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