Special Response Unit Paramedic Anna Rybalko from The Regional Municipality of York has been recognized with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. This award recognizes individual acts of outstanding courage performed during the line of duty by members of Ontario’s Paramedic Services.

Special Response Unit Paramedic Rybalko was called to a high-risk emergency in 2016 when a worker was trapped in a construction trench that collapsed. Although the rescue site posed significant safety risk to all emergency responders involved, Rybalko used her Special Response rope rescue training to descend into the site while carrying medical equipment.

The collaboration between York Region Paramedic Services, Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services, Markham Fire and Emergency Services and York Regional Police enabled a swift recovery of the trapped patient. In recognition of Paramedic Rybalko’s selfless act of bravery on this call, she was recently awarded the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery at a special ceremony hosted by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care at Queen’s Park.

“York Region’s team of highly-skilled paramedics are delivering life-saving acts of assistance every day,” said York Region Paramedic and Seniors Services Chief and General Manager Norm Barrette. “Paramedic Rybalko’s bravery under pressure is commendable and represents the quality of commitment and care seen across our incredible team of paramedics at York Region.”