Niagara This Week ( Nov 23) Stamp of approval for paramedics

Paramedics are often the first on scene to accidents of all kinds and often their efforts go by with little recognition.

That changed last September when Canada Post released a series of stamps commemorating the work done by first responders, including police, firefighters, search and rescue workers and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Paramedics were also selected and representatives of Canada Post were at Niagara EMS headquarters in Niagara-on-the-Lake Friday to present the paramedic service with a plaque showcasing the stamp that honours their profession.

“A lot of the work paramedics do is often taking for granted,” said Canada Post Niagara-on-the-Lake supervisor Doug Binning. “Especially at this time of the year, especially around the holidays.”

Daralyn MacKenzie, a primary care paramedic with Niagara EMS, accepted the plaque from Canada Post’s Queenston postmaster, Filomena Spadafora, on behalf of the service.

“Having a stamp dedicated to paramedics and other emergency services is a nice gesture,” she said. “It’s heartwarming.”

The stop at the EMS headquarters was just one of several. Plaques were also being handed out in Niagara Falls to the Niagara regional police, Niagara Parks police, and the RCMP. Another presentation was held at Niagara District Airport for search and rescue workers. Another presentation is scheduled for Monday in Queenston for firefighters.

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