Where can you call 9-1-1 in a medical emergency and get two lawyers at your door in under three minutes? In Cote Saint-Luc, of course!

Lawyers by day. First Responders by night. Volunteer medics Audrey Myette and Michael Glazer just can’t get enough of helping those in need, both in the office and out.

Lawyers and First Responders, Michael Glazer and Alexandra Myette.

Lawyers and First Responders, Michael Glazer and Audrey Myette.

Myette spent eight years as an Emergency Dispatcher for Cote Saint-Luc, six of those years also as a volunteer with CSL Emergency Medical Services. Now she spends most of her time in the corporate law offices of KPMG as a tax lawyer. “The taxpayers of Cote Saint-Luc helped pay for my education and now I’m paying them back,” Myette said during National EMS Week celebrations.

“Why do I still come in and do my shifts each week?” Myette pondered? “Because I can make a difference in a split second,” she responded. This is one energetic young lawyer.

Michael Glazer completed his EMS training way back in 1986. “Since the Ice Storm, in ’98, I haven’t missed a shift,” the lawyer and businessman quipped. Glazer, who owns and operates Canada’s leading mystery shopper organization with thousands of employees throughout the country, still finds time to cover a shift very other week.

Why does Glazer do it? “I also love making a difference.” he says. “People call 911 in the most dire of situations. To be the person who arrives at their door is a privilege,” Glazer told me. “It’s a Mitzvah!”

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson (far right) and Chief Philip Chateauvert (far left) present graduation certificates to EMS rookies (in grey)

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson (far right) and Chief Philip Chateauvert (far left) present graduation certificates to EMS graduates

 

This is National Emergency Medical Services Week across Canada and its our opportunity, in Cote Saint-Luc, to thank our incredible volunteer First Responders. These young, dynamic and talented volunteers are the difference between life and death, answering 9-1-1 calls and arriving ahead of the Urgences Santé ambulance in our city.

EMS Week 2015

Councillor Ruth Kovac and I joined Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson in applauding these life savers for their heroic work, day and night. Kovac and I first got involved in EMS back in 1980, responding to emergency calls in an era when there were still police ambulances along with private companies doing this work. It’s gratifying to see that the work that we did in pioneering the early days of EMS continues and thrives with a new generation of volunteers.

Riding aboard Cote Saint-Luc's first Rescue Medical Fire vehicle RMF-11, 1981

Glenn J. Nashen riding aboard Cote Saint-Luc’s first Rescue Medical Fire vehicle RMF-11, 1981

Today, EMS responds to more than 3000 emergency calls each year. The dedicated corps of 80 volunteers cover shifts 24/7 in a modern fleet of First Response vehicles. Sometimes, as many as four simultaneous calls are responded to in Cote Saint-Luc.

Despite the efforts of the mega-city of Montreal in trying to take over Cote Saint-Luc’s extraordinary EMS at the outset of the mergers, Councillor Kovac and I, along with Anthony Housefather, championed the cause to save and keep our unique service. With the unswerving leadership of then MNA, Lawrence Bergman, special legislation was tabled in the National Assembly, recognizing CSL EMS as the authority in First Response on our territory.

Glenn J. Nashen, on duty, in Cote Saint-Luc's second ever First Response vehicle

Glenn J. Nashen, on duty, in Cote Saint-Luc’s second ever First Response vehicle

Today we thank our volunteers for their service and commitment. Our residents and our city is a safer, healthier place thanks in large part to them.

Flipping burgers at the EMS Week BBQ at 8100 Cote Saint-Luc Road

Flipping burgers at the EMS Week BBQ at 8100 Cote Saint-Luc Road

Medic Michael Nashen enjoying EMS Week BBQ

Medic Michael Nashen enjoying EMS Week BBQ

A custom designed EMS Week cake. Even the gloves were edible.

A custom designed EMS Week cake. Even the gloves were edible.

 

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