Ornge employees raise funds for families of deceased co-workers

Ornge employees raise funds for families of deceased co-workers

June 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

It is a tragedy of the magnitude that would immobilize most people.

In the early hours of May 31, 2013 Fight Paramedics Dustin Dagenais, Chris Snowball, First Officer Jacques Dupuy and Captain Don Filliter perished when their helicopter went down just outside of Moosonee, Ontario.

On the same day that the tragedy occurred, shocked and grief-stricken colleagues at Ornge went into action, setting up a benevolent fund and T-shirt fundraiser for the families of the four employees who lost their lives in the line of duty. All moneys donated to the funds will be deposited in equal portions into trust accounts for the families of all four crew members.

"This is the nature of how emergency service personnel (paramedics, firefighters and police) respond in a crisis," said Ornge District 344 Chairperson Chuck Telky. "When colleagues and friends come together like this we show our true spirit of compassion and camaraderie."

On behalf of the membership of CAW Local 2002, the Local Executive Board has contributed $1000.00 from the Local Donations Fund to the Ornge Employee Benevolent Fund.

"In solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Ornge I encourage everyone to make a donation to show support for the brave crew of Flight 7793," commented Local President Jamie Ross. "We can’t turn back the clock – but we can help to meet the on-going needs of the families left behind and carry on the memories of their lost and loved ones."

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If you prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make payable to: TEMA Conter Memorial Trust

c/o ORNGE Medics and Pilots Benevolent Fund
18 Doctors Lane
PO Box 265
King City, ON  L7B 1H3


Ornge 7793

- Moosonee 7793 -