Paramedics celebrated at annual dinner

Community members recognized for their heroic actions in assisting sudden cardiac arrest victims

Guelph, Ont., October 4, 2019 – Last night, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) hosted its sixth annual celebration and awards dinner at the Italian Canadian Club.

The event was an opportunity for the City of Guelph and Wellington County to recognize and praise the work that is done by paramedics locally.

The GWPS recognized Gar FitzGerald and retired paramedic John Kirkconnell—this year’s recipients of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Medals were awarded  in Windsor on September 26 at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs gala, from Major General Richard Rohmer.

Twenty-nine paramedics received pins that recognized their years of service to the community. The GWPS also recognized members of the community,lifeguards from the University of Guelph and staff from the Centre Wellington Sportsplex. These individuals assisted victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

The evening’s guest speakers were Carmine Adinolfi, and Wellington North Fire Chief Dave Guilbault. Adinolfi, a Guelph resident and retired paramedic after 35 years of service, spoke about the evolution of the paramedic service over his career. Fire Chief Guilbault shared his experience as a sudden cardiac arrest survivor.

Each year at the celebration, paramedics host an informal fundraiser for a charity or cause. This year,  CAMP F.A.C.E.S.—a summer camp for children and families of emergency services following a line of duty death or suicide—received a donation from the service.

About Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service

Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service provides ambulance services to Guelph and Wellington county residents. With a staff of more than 170 part- and full-time paramedics and a fleet of 18 ambulances and emergency response vehicles, GWPS responds annually to 25,500 calls for medical assistance. To learn more, visit

For more information

Leanne Swantko, Deputy Chief
Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service
519-822-1260 extension 2105
[email protected]