On September 11, 2021, Essex-Windsor EMS will be hosting our first chapter of The Paramedic Ride – paying honour and tribute to fallen Paramedic, Russ Ransome. Russ tragically passed away June 24, 1989 while caring for a patient during an air medical flight from Pelee to Windsor. Although September 11 is a day that no first responder shall forget, this year it shall also be deemed in honour of Russ Ransome.
All are welcome to participate in a ride that will commence in the morning at Assumption Park, Windsor and wind through trails and bike routes to St John the Baptist Cemetery, Amherstburg – as this is Russ’s final resting place. The riders will show their thoughts and signs of respect for both Russ and the other fallen that gave the ultimate sacrifice.
After a lunch, the riders will leave Amherstburg and proceed across Essex County with a destination of Point Pelee, North Beach. Utilizing dedicated routes, paths and bike ways, riders will enjoy what Essex County has to offer. Once at North Beach a flower ceremony for all to show their signs of respect for both Russ and the fallen will be held – laying a flower into the surf of Lake Erie. The beach is within viewing distance of the incident site. We shall never forget as we lay the pedals to the surf that took the lives of those involved.
The day will end with a BBQ on the beach of Point Pelee to celebrate life accomplishments and friendship new and old. We invite everyone to register and ride for the whole journey; ride for a leg or do what you can. The expected distance of the ride is ~90 km’s. (this may change as route is refined and published). The start time will be at 08:00 and an expected finish time of 16:00 at Point Pelee. Additional ride itineraries will be posted soon.
Registration is $100 for all riders 18 years of age and older. Registration includes morning and afternoon break snacks, lunch, BBQ, and a Paramedic Ride 2021 Jersey. All proceeds will be directed to the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation in support of the National Paramedic Monument.
Riders are encouraged to complete the entire ride, but it is not mandatory. This is a family friendly event; family, children and friends are welcome to attend the BBQ and to encourage the riders along the route. Non-riders are requested to advise us of their intent to attend at Point Pelee.