Over the past year, I have been in discussion with City Staff on how the City can best show our appreciation and recognition of our Emergency First Responders. On Wednesday at City Council I asked that the Rules of Procedure be waived to consider the following motion:
WHEREAS first responders, including paramedics, firefighters and police officers, provide an invaluable service to the community; and
WHEREAS first responders in Ottawa help thousands of people each year at some of the most difficult times of their lives; and
WHEREAS the City of Ottawa support the ongoing and tireless efforts of all our first responders; and
WHEREAS first responders are often the unsung heroes of an emergency situation; and
WHEREAS around the world first responders are recognized with appreciation weeks at different times of the year;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ottawa City Council declare October 8 to 15, 2018 to be First Responder Appreciation Week in the City of Ottawa.
I am pleased to announce that the motion passed with unanimous consent. The week of recognition will appropriately include the first responders event 9RUNRUN – Stittsville’s very own run in support of local emergency services. The event supports mental health programs such as Do It For Daron (DIFD) and Hope Rising at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, bringing together runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators through its partnership with the Ottawa Police, Paramedic and Fire Departments. I’d like to thank Stittsville Volunteer Firefighter and coordinator of 9RUNRUN event, Brenda Tirrell for her support.