VIDEO: 'Survivors Day' Reunites Paramedics with the People They Saved
It's called 'Survivors Day.'
For the 8th year in a row, Essex-Windsor EMS has reunited paramedics with the people they helped to save.
36 survivors had the chance to take part in this year's event.
Paramedic Hanna Chevalier was one of the first on scene after Robert Neroda collapsed while working on his home computer last April.
She says the emotion of the moment hit her after she offloaded Neroda
"I'm sitting in there and it starts to sink in that, wow, this happened. This is a man and this is his wife and that's when that human factor settles in and you can't, you can't even comprehend it," she says.
Paramedic Jess Robson with Jeff and January Grant, 8th Essex-Windsor EMS Survivor Day, May 30, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)
Paramedic Jess Robson had just begun her career when she was called to the Amherstburg home of Jeff Grant last May after he collapsed.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience, I'm just so grateful that it all worked out the way it did and that I actually have the opportunity to meet him. Because a lot of people don't end up having that opportunity," says Robson. "So it was a lovely surprise, I didn't know you were coming today so it was great."
One of the survivors at the event was Maizen Gurgis, a dialysis patient whose potassium level increased sharply. He pulled to the side of the road and called 9-1-1 but couldn't speak.
He's thankful to the paramedics who saved him.
"Grateful, I cannot express how these, I just told them those guys are angels, real angels," says Gurgis.
Essex Windsor EMS Chief Bruce Krauter presents commendations to St. Peter's Elementary students Aiden di Padova, Mateo Rennert, Domenico Teri and Ottavio Liburdi, 8th Essex-Windsor EMS Survivor Day, May 30, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)
A special presentation was also made at the start of the event to four students from St. Peter's Elementary School.
They were taking out recycling behind the school and came upon an older man who had collapsed.
Two of the boys stayed with the man and two others ran back in the school to call emergency responders.
Aiden di Padova, Mateo Rennert, Domenico Teri and Ottavio Liburdi were given special recognition for what they did.
EMS Chief Bruce Krauter says if they hadn't been there, the man may not have survived.