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October 24, 2019
Oxford County Paramedic receives provincial award for bravery


On October 23, 2019, Oxford County Paramedic Joseph Vandermeer received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The award recognizes paramedics who have displayed exceptional acts of courage – performed on the job or off-duty – in the face of grave, personal danger.

News release: Ontario Recognizing Outstanding Bravery of Paramedics

On June 10, 2019, while responding to a call along Highway 401 in Woodstock, Paramedic Vandermeer and his partner encountered a woman running along an overpass. They noticed Woodstock firefighters chasing the woman. As the Paramedics moved their ambulance closer to talk to the woman, she began sprinting towards the side of the overpass. Paramedic Vandermeer instinctively knew she was intending to jump onto the highway below and leapt out of the moving ambulance to stop her. Paramedic Vandermeer was able to pull her back to safety.

Backgrounder: Recipients of Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery



Paramedic Joseph Vandermeer receives the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery from Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health

Oxford County Paramedic receives Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
from Christine Elliot, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health