A pair of local Durham paramedics are among 13 recipients of a provincial award for outstanding bravery in the face of danger.
Premier Doug Ford will be presenting the awards to 11 recipients from 2019 and two from 2020 at a virtual ceremony.
The local honourees are Petrus Kuypers and Trevor Bain, both of Durham Paramedic Services.
On November 24, 2018, Paramedic Kuypers was helping a patient experiencing a mental health crisis.
On the way to the hospital, the patient cut his own neck using a razor blade he had tucked away in his mouth.
Kuypers sprang into action and restrained the man, trying to get the blade out of his hand while calling for help.
As police boarded the ambulance, Kuypers fought to control the man’s bleeding and stayed with him until they arrived at the hospital.
In April 2019, Paramedic Bain and his partner were called to check on two people who had complained about food poisoning.
When they got to the scene, the paramedics realized the situation was much more serious than the callers thought.
The people were suffering from severe symptoms, beyond what would be expected for food poisoning.
Paramedic Bain realized the home was filled with carbon monoxide and immediately tried to vent the place. He then took the two semi-conscious occupants outside.
Officials say, had it not been for Bain’s bravery, the two patients would have died from the toxic gas.
Another eight people inside the home were safely taken to a Toronto hospital for treatment.
“Paramedics are on the frontlines when it comes to protecting our communities and saving lives. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen paramedics performing incredible acts of service and generosity,” said Premier Ford. “From assisting with the vaccine rollout to alleviating hospital capacity by helping with home care, they have been here to support us every step of the way. On behalf of everyone in Ontario, I want to thank each of them for their service and congratulate this year’s winners of the Paramedic Bravery Awards. You are true heroes.”