Ontario Recognizing Outstanding Bravery of Paramedic in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Paramedic Julie Grainger Honoured with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery

Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON — The province is honouring paramedics with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. This award is given to paramedics who performed individual acts of outstanding bravery in the face of danger. 

Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Minister MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries presented the awards to 13 individuals in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, May 27, 2021, honouring 11 recipients from nominations submitted in 2019 and two recipients from 2020. 

Paramedic Julie Grainger, a resident of Stouffville, received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. On December 2, 2018, Paramedic Grainger responded to a call involving an injured man at the bottom of a 150-feet-deep wastewater access shaft. In partnership with Markham Fire, it was determined that the man has been injured after a caged shaft elevator fell and another worker landed on him. Paramedic Grainger used ropes to descend into the dark and cold shaft to deliver medical treatment to the patient. Further support from Richmond Hill Fire was required given the risks involved. Paramedic Grainger placed her life at risk and provided medical care to the patient for over two hours throughout the rescue.

“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,” said Premier Doug Ford. “From assisting with the vaccine rollout to alleviating hospital capacity by helping with home care, they have been here to support us every step of the way. On behalf of everyone in Ontario, 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.”

“I am honoured to recognize the 13 recipients who have shown exceptional courage in dangerous and often life-threatening circumstances,” said Minister Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Every day and especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics have consistently stepped up to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians in their time of need. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of Ontario’s paramedics for their incredible work and for being there when your communities need you the most.” 

“Honouring our local frontline heroes is one of the great privileges I have as MPP,” said Paul Calandra, Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Stouffville. “Paramedic Grainger demonstrated extraordinary bravery in the line of duty, putting her life at risk for others. On behalf of the people of Markham-Stouffville, I am honoured to recognize her selfless commitment to duty as she is awarded with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery.”

Paramedics have played a critical role in Ontario’s fight against COVID-19, from conducting swabbing and testing, protecting health system and hospital capacity by supporting patient transfers, and they continue to support Ontario’s vaccine rollout, including administering vaccines to individuals who have limited mobility and cannot travel to a mass immunization clinic. 

“On behalf of York Regional Council and The Regional Municipality of York, I am honoured to recognize York Region Paramedic Julie Grainger for her dedication to the health, safety and well-being of our 1.2 million residents and for her extraordinary act of bravery in the line of duty,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “This award demonstrates the outstanding dedication of our team of hard-working paramedics and Ms. Grainger’s actions exemplify the characteristics we uphold in building strong, caring and safe communities.”

Quick Facts: 

  • Paramedic Services Week was celebrated across Canada from May 23 to 29, 2021. The theme for Paramedic Services Week 2021 is Paramedic as an Educator – Citizen Ready and demonstrates the important role that paramedics play as educators to the public.
  • Since its inauguration in 2015, 56 paramedics have received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. 
  • Any Ontario paramedic is eligible to receive the award for an act of exceptional courage that has occurred within the last 24 months. It may be bestowed posthumously.
  • There are over 9,400 paramedics currently employed in Ontario, the largest group of paramedics in Canada.
  • The Ontario government has invested $15 million to expand the 

Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to provide additional care for seniors. Additionally, through innovative 9-1-1 models of care pilots across the province, paramedics are able to care for patients in their community. 

Additional Resources: 

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only) 


Nicholas Quadrini

Office of Paul Calandra, MPP

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