First responders from Stittsville receive Public Hero Award

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Stittsville residents Brenda Tirrell and Rob Wilson were among six first responders who received the Public Hero Award at a ceremony held in Kanata on May 18th for their dedication, selfless acts of kindness, and community involvement at a ceremony on May 18 at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in Kanata.

Volunteer firefighter Brenda Tirrell, acting lieutenant at Station 81 on Stittsville Main Street, is the organizer of the annual 9 Run Run event held in the community, which raises funds and awareness for mental health.

Ottawa Paramedic Robert Wilson has been an advanced-care paramedic for more than 23 years. Robert works as an educator with the Paramedic Program of Eastern Ontario, teaches advanced care paramedicine at Algonquin College as well as first aid and CPR classes, with a focus on the education of children and youth.

The Public Hero Awards are presented to recognize and honour the outstanding service provided by first responders in culturally diverse environments, as well as their volunteer efforts in their communities.

Recipients are nominated by colleagues, peers, and members of the community.

Top police, paramedic, and fire officials present the awards.