For the past two decades, the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) building has been something of a second home for Clifford Jordan.
A volunteer paramedic and public safety officer in Montreal West, he has helped countless individuals and families in the community.
So when his colleagues and friends learned that he had collapsed on January 13 while in Barbados, they were shocked and heartbroken.
“What we do know is that he had symptoms similar to a flesh-eating disease, but we don’t know for sure what the problem is – there’s still no definite diagnosis,” he said. Eddy Afram, Chief of Côte Saint-Luc EMS.
“He’s on life support, he’s on a ventilator, incubated in the intensive care unit and had to have a leg amputated.”
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Feeling helpless to be so far away and unsure if the 49-year-old has medical insurance, Afram launched a GoFundMe campaign.
As of Tuesday afternoon, just over $36,000 had been donated, and the funds continue to flow.
Afram says the money can be used for anything he and his family may need, whether it’s medical bills or adaptations to Jordan’s home when he returns.
“We have a saying in our field which is to take care of our own, so it was just a normal thing to do,” he said. “It was not something that we discussed, analyzed and studied, it was just a spontaneous reaction.”
Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein says Jordan is a “hero” in the community.
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“We are very fortunate to have emergency medical services and to have volunteers doing this, and someone like Clifford, who has dedicated 20 years to the service, is amazing,” Brownstein said.
“Now it’s our turn to pay him back.”
Jordan’s wife and son are by his side in Barbados and are in contact with Afram and the team, giving them updates.
He says there’s still no word on if or when Jordan will be brought home, but says they’ll be expecting him when he does.
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