When young Matt Walker suffered an accidental gunshot wound to his stomach, medical crews knew they needed to act quickly.

“With penetrating trauma, time is one of the biggest enemies,” said Jason Trask, the STARS flight paramedic on Matt’s call. “So that’s one of the reasons we attended this call. The other big reason is, we carry blood in the helicopter, so if things were to change, we were prepared to help him and intervene.”

Once Walker fully recovered, he visited the STARS base, where Trask led him through some STARS simulation practice on a robotic mannequin.

“It’s always great to see when someone has such a great outcome like Matt,” said Trask, the 2019 Paramedic of the Year with the Paramedic Association of Canada.

“It’s really awesome to see the impact that we could have with our allies in ground paramedics, rural hospitals and the teams here in the city, how we all come together to get those positive outcomes for a patient like Matt. That’s what we all want to do.”

And Walker is grateful.

“I would just like to thank STARS and all the emergency services for their help in making sure that I lived,” he said.

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