Toronto – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas praised Peel paramedics from OPSEU Local 277, for their great work when an explosive device was set off at Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga on Thursday, May 24. “Congratulations to all of our Peel paramedic workers for their quick response, and all of their work in helping victims of this senseless crime.”
OPSEU First Vice-President, Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, said “The professionalism and care these members provided is exemplary. They have made everyone in our union proud.”
Jason Tremblay, an OPSEU steward, was one of the approximately 40 Peel paramedics called to the scene.
“First we heard there was one person injured, and then that number quickly grew to four then eight, to a dozen and more. When I arrived with my partner there were 15 to 20 people sitting out on the sidewalk. I’ve never seen so much blood.”
Tremblay said he was especially proud of the way his members managed the chaos of the event, which meant patients got to the hospital quickly and efficiently. “It was what we call “organized chaos”. The initial scene time was less than ten minutes, which is exactly what we aim for.”
Chief Peter Dundas thanked Peel paramedics on Twitter, saying “I want to thank all of our officers, call takers and dispatchers for their continued hard work during this horrific incident @ Bombay Bhel last night. I would also like to thank the professionals of @IAFF1212, @OPSEU277, @Peel_Paramedics for their assistance. #Peel
For more information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President: 613-329-1931