Canadian paramedics sell flower pins to support veterans

The agency plans to sell at least 5,000 black poppy shaped pins this year

By EMS1 Staff

SIMCOE COUNTY, Ontario — Canadian paramedics are using flower power to support veterans.

The black poppy shaped pins were initially created for paramedics to wear on-duty, but it has grown into an annual fundraiser, reported Barrie Today

The funds raised by the sale of the pins are donated to numerous nonprofits, including veteran and paramedic organizations. 

“We give money wherever we march as a Paramedic Honor Guard,” Frank Spiegelberg, commanding officer of the County of Simcoe Honor Guard, said. “We give back to the Legion wherever we’re marching. This year, we’ll be marching in Barrie so we’ll give money to the Barrie Legion.”

Last year, the organization donated $1,000 to a local legion. This year, the honor guard intends to sell at least 5,000 poppy pins. 

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