July 28, 2017

** Ontario paramedic pair awarded for bravery in rescue of 3 firefighters

** Manitoba ambulances diverted from major Winnipeg hospital after shots fired at nearby cafe

CANADA NEWS

** A pair of Peel Region, Ontario paramedics have received awards for bravery after helping to rescue firefighters from a 2014 warehouse fire. That is the word from The Mississauga News (Chris Clay/October 31) which said the kudos were handed to the duo as well as to a firefighter. According to the newspaper, Governor General David Johnson handed the bravery medals to Ean Smith and Eryn Smith at a service at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall Friday. Information related to the commendation said that the Smiths, along with firefighter Daryl Roy, risked their lives on April 23, 2014 to rescue three firefighters after a warehouse wall collapsed, trapping them inside. Along with the above mentioned medal, the practitioners were also awarded the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery earlier this year.

** Manitoba ambulances attempting to use a major Winnipeg hospital Sunday evening were diverted for around 20 minutes after a gunman opened fire in a hotel café attached to the Health Sciences Centre. CBC News (October 31) said the shooting at the Canad Inn’s Starbucks saw three shots fired, though no one was hurt in the incident. According to the news station, the fracas started around 10 p.m. after a man burst into the coffee shop followed by two other men. After the first ran behind the counter, one of his pursuers opened fire with a small calibre handgun. The three men then exited the premises before police arrived. Authorities have now put out a public call for information on the shooters.

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