Stacy Lacelle / Chantal Riva / Pascal Burton / Dany-Pierre Boucher / Jonathon Dibattista / Luc Hurtubise
Sunday January 21, 2018
“Team Alpha saves a life today with 3 shocks and CPR. Thank you to all that helped.” This was the tweet by Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board on Canada Day 2017. The first responders working for the CDSSSAB were equipped with defibrillators as well as medications for allergic reactions When news of a person in in need of assistance came in, security and police officers kept the crowd at bay while first responders attended to a person in distress, who was eventually wheeled out of the park on a stretcher. The patients vital signs were absent for four minutes before paramedics brought her back from the dead. The 51-year-old woman from Black River-Matheson said she owes her life to the fact her “cardiac event” occurred at the Stars & Thunder International Fireworks and Music Festival in Timmins, where paramedics were immediately on hand and took quick action.
Tuesday December 5, 2017
Mario began cruising around Timmins seven years ago to help those in need with his Yo! Mobile and he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. He began the venture as a dream to provide people in the community with a place to warm up and get something to eat, paying for everything out of his own pocket. At first, he would drive from location to location throughout the city, seeking out those who could use a helping hand. Today, he has his own parking spot and dedicated power supply at Timmins City Hall, and everyone comes to him. He serves food and provides warm clothing every Friday and Saturday night to the dozens of people who line up to get on the bus when the local soup kitchens are closed. It’s a service that’s utilized by a shocking amount of people in Timmins, who come to the Yo! Mobile for refuge when the sub-zero temperatures set in and they have nowhere else to go.
Sunday November 26, 2017
In early October of this year, Shawn and his wife and a few friends were attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when shots rang out. Initially they thought it was fireworks but as the gunfire continued, they saw the crowd rushing for the back of the field. Shawn and his group immediately took shelter. They knew they needed to get out of the venue so the group began to run for the exit, hiding behind barricades until the shooting would cease for a few moments and they could run to the next barricade and take cover. Throughout this frightening ordeal, Shawn remained calm and kept the many others around him that were also trying to flee as calm as possible. Shawn’s wife referred to him as a “rock” that helped keep people calm and moving towards safety.
David & Sheryl Raymond
Saturday November 25, 2017
The Timmins Rock Junior A Hockey club and Enercare would like to thank David Raymond and Sheryl Raymond for their heroic efforts in coming to the aid of a person in distress. The incident was back in January of this year when city resident Don Dewsbury was climbing over a large snowbank near a grocery store. He fell into some soft snow and sank in, waist deep. He was alone and it was cold and dark, and Mr. Dewsbury could not free himself from the deep snow. It was revealed that David and Sheryl Raymond heard Dewsbury calling for help and ran to rescue him. They pulled him out of the deep snow and back to safety.
Sunday November 5, 2017
On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at approximately 4:28 a.m., a 911 call i received by ambulance communication officer Carla Oreskovich. A male on the line advised that his wife was pregnant and her water had just broken. Carla began to gather the address and phone number of the caller, and paramedics were dispatched. She continued speaking to the male, gathering information. Approximately one minute into the call, Carla asks if Dad can see any part of the baby to which he responds that he can see the baby’s head. FULL STORY
Mike (Spyke) Pintar
Saturday November 4, 2017
For all that he is good natured and regarded by many close friends as an easy-going jokester, Timmins Fire Chief Mike “Spyke” Pintar has always taken his job so seriously. Pintar first entered the fire service back in 1991 as a volunteer with the Schumacher brigade. At the time he was working in the plant engineering department at the Dome Mine. Nearly 10 years after that, he made the switch to apply as a full time firefighter. He climbed the career ladder quickly, becoming the deputy chief after six years and then was named chief a year later. FULL STORY