BRAMPTON, ON. (Sept. 9, 2010) – The scene was very different, but their job was the same – save lives and decrease suffering. Three Peel paramedics who volunteered with GlobalMedic to travel to Haiti after the country’s major earthquake in January were presented with a letter of commendation signed by Premier McGuinty at Regional Council today.
“It was a difficult mission, watching hundreds of thousands of people, including children suffer, with no access to clean drinking water or healthcare,” said Sean Large, Peel Regional Paramedic, who received a letter of commendation. “I am proud to be able to contribute my skills to countries who are desperately in need, and proud to work for a service that enables me to do that.”
Sean Large, Michael Thomas and Sarah Caloccia used their personal vacation time or took a leave of absence to travel to Haiti and help those in a time of need.
This isn’t the first time that Peel paramedics have volunteered time to charitable organizations dedicated to helping people around the world who have experienced a natural disaster. In August, paramedics Shannon MacNeil, Augusto DaSilva and Sean Large travelled to Cambodia where they taught first aid and provided medical care.
“We are extremely proud of all of our paramedics that volunteer their time to help those in need,” said Peter Dundas, Chief and Director of Peel Regional Paramedic Services. “Paramedics have a natural instinct to respond to emergencies and help people – no matter where the call comes from.”
Responding to more than 80,000 emergency medical calls every year, Peel paramedics work to save lives, decrease suffering, and improve and promote community safety.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.