Paramedic Honoured For Bravery
The province is honouring paramedics with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery for paramedics who performed individual acts of outstanding bravery in the face of danger.
Premier Doug Ford presented the awards to 13 individuals in a virtual ceremony, including a Muskoka Paramedic.
“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,” Ford said. “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,” he said.
On October 25, 2019, Muskoka Paramedic Lucas Leggett and his partner, along with Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers, responded to a report of a house fire. Upon arriving at the scene, they found a house surrounded by thick smoke with a woman holding two young children at the second story window. Paramedic Leggett and his team quickly jumped into action by assessing and checking all doors and windows to see if any of them were unlocked, which they were not. In an unsuccessful attempt to locate a ladder on the premises, Paramedic Leggett and team proceeded to the front entrance which was locked. One OPP officer broke the front window and Paramedic Leggett made his way with him through heavy smoke into the house. Together, they found the family and lowered down the children to two partners outside of the house.
The Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and was able to assist to the mother, Paramedic Leggett and the police officer with the use of a ladder. Efforts were then made to combat the fire and all occupants of the house were rescued safely including the family pet.