Niagara Paramedic recipient of inaugural award at international trauma competition
Niagara Emergency Medical Services International Trauma Life Support Team (ITLS) recently competed at the ITLS competition, taking second place, only six points behind Toronto EMS.
This prestigious international trauma conference and competition is judged by trauma care specialists from around the world, and scoring is extremely detailed for each simulated trauma scenario.
The Niagara EMS team consisted of Connor McCulloch, Tracey Groszeibl, Len Kowalik, and Ryan Howlett.
In addition to the team accomplishment, Connor McCullough was selected unanimously by the judges as the recipient of the inaugural “GE Individual Excellence Award”. This award is in memory of Toronto paramedic George Eliadis, a dynamic ITLS competitor who died earlier this year when his motorcycle was hit by another vehicle.
Upon returning home to Niagara, Connor shared “This was a very surreal experience. It is obvious how many people cared greatly for George and how his loss has impacted his family, friends and the ITLS community. I am so honoured; this competition is very special and important to me”
The GE Individual Excellence Award presented by ITLS chairperson Mike O’Donell and George’s family in Quebec recognizes and highlights the best individual excellence and the recipient must also display professionalism, leadership, compassion, and trauma care.