Condolences given for EMS worker killed

Condolences given for EMS worker killed in collision. EMS stations throughout Alberta will lower flags.

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December 07, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Condolences given for EMS worker killed in collision

EMS stations throughout Alberta will lower flags

By Ryan Cormier, edmontonjournal.com December 7, 2010 10:03 AM

EDMONTON — Alberta Health and Wellness Minister Gene Zwozdesky has given his condolences for an emergency medical services worker killed in a car crash in northern Alberta on Monday.

“I am very saddened to learn of this tragedy and offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the EMS practitioner,” the minister said in a news release.

“Every day we depend on these highly-skilled, courageous men and women to provide care and comfort to Albertans. Our EMS practitioners work under extremely stressful situations, often risking their own health and safety to ensure we receive the help we need, when we need it. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to all those who have been affected by this unfortunate incident.”

The fatal accident happened at about 11 a.m. on Highway 2 just west of McLennan, about 440 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

An eastbound truck was hauling empty propane tanks when its trailer separated and crossed into the opposite lanes and struck an ambulance heading the other way. The driver, identified by Alberta Health Services as an EMS worker, died at the scene. Three other occupants in the ambulance — another EMS worker, a patient and a family member — were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Alberta Health Services says EMS stations throughout the province will lower their flags to half mast in memory of the killed worker.

“Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this tragedy,” said Sue Conroy, Senior Vice-president with EMS, Alberta Health Services.

“Our immediate concern is their well-being and we are doing all we can to support them during this difficult time.”

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