Kamloops paramedics honoured for going the extra mile

A local paramedic and an ambulance dispatcher have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to saving lives.

Unit chief Randy MacLeod was given an innovation award for his longstanding commitment to the B.C. Ambulance Service Critical Care program and an Executive Director's Commendation for exceptional patient care.

The latter is in response to MacLeod launching his own search when a fellow paramedic's husband went missing on Shuswap Lake. MacLeod and a family friend took a boat and, after three hours, found the injured man near Seymour Arm. The victim survived the incident.

Dispatcher Terra Vallely received an Executive Director's Commendation when, as a dispatcher in training, she stayed on the telephone for more than an hour to provide CPR instructions to assist a patient who was in cardiac arrest after a mountain bike accident.

Paramedics revived the patient.

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