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Hundreds attend memorial for crew killed in Ornge crash

June 18, 2013, Toronto – Hundreds of mourners gathered at a memorial service Tuesday for the two pilots and two paramedics who died late last month in an air ambulance crash.

June 18, 2013
By The Canadian Press

June 18, 2013, Toronto – Hundreds of mourners gathered at a memorial service Tuesday for the two pilots and two paramedics who died late last month in an air ambulance crash.

Capt. Don Filliter, First Officer Jacques Dupuy, and flight paramedics Dustin Dagenais and Chris Snowball were killed when an Ornge helicopter crashed after takeoff from Moosonee, Ont.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Deb Matthews were in attendance at the Toronto Police College, along with more than 200 mourners, paramedics, police and Ornge representatives.

Wynne – dressed in black with a small Ornge ribbon – said that the work of the four men was not lost on the people of Ontario.

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Dr. Andrew McCallum, president and CEO of Ornge, said that while Ornge may have appeared to mean different things to different people in recent years, like the victims Ornge never lost sight of its
mission.

Friends and family of the deceased were led into the ceremony by a bagpiper and the helmets of the four were placed in front of their portraits as a tribute.

The helicopter had just left its base at the Moosonee airport to pick up a patient in the remote Attawapiskat First Nation when it crashed early on May 31.