In Dustin's name

By Geoff Lee

January 19, 2016 12:24 PM

Alana McConnell is trying to keep the legacy of her son, Dustin, alive by raising funds for a paramedic training scholarship. More funds will be raised with a silent auction at the Bobcats hockey next month. An annual Walk With Dustin event will be held the second Sunday of June. Dustin drowned in 2010. His mother believes his life might have been saved had paramedics attended to him at the scene.

Alana McConnell hopes to score more funds for paramedic training in Lloydminster at the Bobcats home hockey game.
All funds raised at the Feb. 19 game during a silent auction will be added to a growing scholarship to train paramedics.
The Dustin McConnell scholarship is named in memory of her 17 year-son, Dustin, who drowned while swimming at Sandy Beach in 2010.
McConnell said she launched the scholarship to advocate advanced life support paramedics who can provide a higher standard of response that the EMTs who attended to her son.
Paramedics are qualified to do many things that EMTs can’t do such as administer medication or provide emergency procedures.
“We’ve 150,000 people in our trading area. This is ridiculous we’re fighting for this,” she said.
McConnell raised about $4,0000 for the scholarship during last year’s annual Walk With Dustin event around Bud Miller lake.
The first scholarship for paramedic training will be awarded after the 2016 Walk With Dustin fundraiser June 14.
“That’s our goal to get everyone trained and Dustin’s legacy will live on and help everyone in the community,” said McConnell.
Donations to the fund are channeled through Lloydminster Health Foundation.
McConnell said she has about 25 items donated already for the silent auction at the Bobcats’ game.
“So right now we are in the process of collecting all the business cards and doing up the signage for it,” she said.
McConnell said once the fund gets big enough the money can be used for other things too.
“At some time the paramedics may need a special piece of equipment or something that the hospital doesn’t have or the ambulance doesn’t supply,” she said.

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