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The annual general meeting of Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services took place last night in the Council Chambers of City Hall. This was an opportunity to review the successes and challenges of the last year and to announce plans and ideas for the next one. With over 100 members of CSL EMS the AGM is also an opportunity to thank our dedicated and most active first responder medics.
In my comments to the group I mentioned that EMS is in my DNA and the wider concept of public safety is at the core of my municipal involvement. It has been that way since I began at EMS more than 35 years ago and has been that way throughout my political career. I have EMS to thank for that sixth sense of always watching out for others, of assisting those in need and in ascertaining that our public services and programs always keep safety of our residents, staff, volunteers and users at the centre of what we do.
EMS is headed politically by Councillor Sam Goldbloom and professionally by longtime EMS volunteer and CSL Public Safety director Jordy Reichson along with his trusty manager Philip Chateauvert.
Among the highlights of the last year was the successfully resuscitation of two patients proving once again that early CPR saves lives. So it was fitting to present the CPR Saves Lives awards to the two responding crews including Audrey Myette, Marc-Olivier Chatillon and Robin Granther, and to Robert Rousseau and Roberto Abbruzzese. These volunteers are true lifesavers in every sense of the word.
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The last year saw EMS rapidly responding to 2833 emergency medical calls. The Top Ten members for most hours all exceeded 500 hours of service. Incredible!
Congratulations to them all but special recognition goes to Scott Hunt with 855 hours, Eddy Afram with 1109 hours and Robert Rousseau with an outstanding 1457 hours of volunteer service.
EMS volunteer Robert Rousseau presented with the most hours volunteered award for 1157 hours of service

EMS volunteer Robert Rousseau presented with the most hours volunteered award for 1457 hours of service

Also of note for outstanding dedication, the Award for Excellence in Operations went to Or Hilzenrat, Excellence in Training went to Eddy Afram and the Rookie of the Year award was presented to Marc-Olivier Chatillon.
On behalf of Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and the City Council I cannot thank our dedicated EMS members enough. I encourage members of the media to take note of these uniquely skilled volunteers and this incredible organization for feature in the coming months.
And to our very lucky CSL residents who know that we are the only city in all of Quebec to be fortunate to benefit from such a high calibre service of this quality this is your chance to show your added appreciation. Training our volunteers and maintaining top quality equipment is very expensive and tax dollars only go so far. We need community participation to help CSL EMS volunteers who rarely asks for anything in return for their lifesaving services. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help cover our volunteers’ cost of training and emergency medical equipment. Please send your cheque payable to CSL EMS to 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Québec H4W 3C3 and mark “donation” on the envelope. Thank you for your consideration.
Look for EMS at this Sunday’s Montreal St. Patrick Day parade and at all local events and please check out my EMS entries on this blog.