Ceremony in memory of four crew members killed May 31
On May 31, 2013, an Ornge air ambulance crashed on its way to Attawapiskat, Ont., taking the lives of all four crew members. On board was Capt. Donald Filliter, of Skead, First Officer Jacques Dupuy, of Otterburn-Park, Que., flight paramedic Dustin Dagenais, of Moose Factory, and flight paramedic Christopher Snowball, of Burlington.
Filliter was married to a Suzanne Pelletier, a Health Sciences North employee. They had three children – Michelle, Mark and William.
“These four men were husbands, fathers, sons, family members, colleagues and friends. For us here at HSN they, were part of our health-care team and family,” said Mike McCann, chair of the hospital's board of directors, in a release. “The pain from this tragedy is still felt within our walls here at HSN. We believe it is important to ensure that their lives and valuable contributions are not forgotten.”
The four men's family members and colleagues gathered at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre to pay them tribute.
“Today HSN remembers and honours four very special people who were our friends and colleagues in health care. Their tragic deaths have been the source of profound grief for many of us, especially for their families. But through this sadness we can take some comfort in their legacy,” said Health Sciences North president and CEO Denis Roy, in a release.
“There are people across northern Ontario who are alive and healthier because of them. That is their work. That is their legacy. And it is the reason we are here today.”