National Day of Mourning

April 28th is the National Day of Mourning. Take a moment to think of those whom we have lost in the line of duty.


April 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Brothers & Sisters,

We often fail to recognize and appreciate that being a paramedic is one of Canada’s most dangerous occupations. The public also often forgets the dangers paramedics face every day in order to provide a vital public service to the citizens of British Columbia.

The National Day of Mourning observed on April 28th,  commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents. On April 28th paramedics pay tribute to the memory of our colleagues who have died in the line of duty.

  • Paramedic Ivan Polivka
  • Paramedic Chief JoAnn Fuller
  • Paramedic Michael Gray
  • Paramedic Kim Weitzel
  • Paramedic Shawn Currier
  • Paramedic Andreas Goedicke
  • Paramedic Wendy Thompson
  • Paramedic Carol Schlamp
  • Paramedic Unit Chief Theresa Bond
  • Paramedic Unit Chief Tony Sunderland

We do not forget these men and women, because we are all a family, a brotherhood and a sisterhood whose bonds cannot be broken, even by death. We will pay them tribute every day, by our work and by our thoughts, and we will never forget them.

On April 28th take a moment and think of all those we have lost. Visit the Fallen Members page now.


In solidarity,

John Strohmaier
CUPE Local 873

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