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Muskoka paramedics honoured for bravery in pulling woman from fire in West Gravenhurst

QUEEN’S PARK — Two Muskoka EMS workers have been honoured by the province for their bravery for pulling a person out of a burning house before Christmas.

On Nov. 23, paramedics Mark Verbeek and  Neil Hebb were called to a structure fire in West Gravenhurst, not knowing if there were people inside.

They arrived to find a building with flames and smoke coming out of every window.

Bystanders indicated that the resident of the building had not yet emerged.

An OPP officer told them that he could see a person inside the front door but he had been pushed back by the thick black smoke.

Paramedics Verbeek and Hebb entered the building, one holding the other’s belt. They were able to reach and move the patient out of the building.

However, April Doubleday, a PSW at Muskoka Shores ended up being deceased.

Muskoka Paramedic Services Chief Jeff McWilliam, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Paramedic Neil Hebb, Paramedic Mark Verbeek.

Muskoka Paramedic Services Chief Jeff McWilliam, left, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Paramedic Neil Hebb, Paramedic Mark Verbeek.

 

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