Media Advisory - Sept. 25 McNally Award for Bravery

    LONDON, ON, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - During the late morning of October 9th,
2007, Paramedic Sheri Sutherland was driving a First Responder Unit when she
witnessed a full size van crash into the side of a transport truck at Bramalea
and Orenda Roads in Brampton. The van quickly quickly burst into flames with
the unconscious driver trapped inside. After calling for help, Sheri, the lone
paramedic on the vehicle, grabbed the fire extinguisher and gave it to a
bystander to fight the fire. The fire was in the engine area and thick black
smoke was filling the vehicle. Sheri then broke the passenger side window to
gain access, climbed it and removed the patient, all the while exposing
herself to thick black smoke and fire extinguisher powder. The patient later
regained consciousness and was transported to hospital by the responding
ambulance crew. Without her quick and selfless actions, the patient likely
would have succumbed in the fire. "She demonstrated true valour and
compassion, and placed herself in great danger to save the life of another"
noted her supervisor.
    Paramedic Sheri Sutherland of Peel Region is a recipient, along with
Sylvain Veulleux of Prescott-Russell and Rob McColeman of Toronto, of the
McNally Award of Bravery for demonstrating exceptional courage in the line of
duty Thursday, September 25th, 7 p.m. at the Association of Municipal
Emergency Medical Services Association of Ontario (AMEMSO) Conference Gala
Awards Banquet honouring the exemplary service of paramedics in Ontario taking
place at the London Convention Centre.

    AMEMSO is the provincial organization of the leaders of municipal
Emergency Medical Services in Ontario. They, along with the Ontario Base
Hospital Group representing the physicians and their support staff entrusted
to provide medical oversite and quality assurance to municipal ambulance
services, are meeting in London at their annual Conference September 24-26 to
improve pre-hospital care and celebrate paramedic exemplary service and

    Where: London Convention Centre - 300 York St., London
    The complete conference schedule is at under

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For further information: or to schedule interviews: Larysa Andrusiak,
(519) 857-2991 (cell)

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