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May 2, 2013
Toronto EMS Awards recognize excellence
Members of the public as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and other City of Toronto employees were recognized today for their contribution to providing life-saving medical care in Toronto.

Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and EMS Chief Paul Raftis presented plaques to the recipients at the annual awards ceremony held at Toronto EMS headquarters this afternoon.

"We rely heavily on our Emergency Medical Services team each and every day, and today we take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of our allied agencies and citizen award recipients," said Councillor Robinson. "Each one of these individuals make Toronto the safe, caring, vibrant city it is to visit, work and live in."

"The people we honour today have gone above and beyond expectations in helping people in our community, or in promoting the paramedic profession," said Chief Raftis. "We are delighted to give them special recognition."

Toronto EMS award winners are nominated throughout the year by those who observe their good work. The nominations are vetted by the Toronto EMS awards committee and the winners are announced each May.

Among the more than 60 recipients of awards today were 29 members of the general public. Thirteen paramedics received recognition for acts of valour. The details for those and other awards will be available on the EMS website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Kim McKinnon
Superintendent Public Information and Media,EMS



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