Paramedics remember co-worker killed in hurricane

Hundreds gather in Nova Scotia for funeral of paramedic killed while on duty during Hurricane Juan

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to honour a paramedic who died on the job in Nova Scotia at the height of Hurricane Juan.

Many of those at the ceremony called John Michael Rossiter a hero for his bravery during the night of the storm.

He was one of two people killed by falling trees.

A 20-metre oak tree fell on his ambulance around 1 a.m. on Sept. 29 near Halifax's largest hospital. He died instantly.

Rossiter grew up in Mount Pearl and had worked in Halifax for the past 10 years.

An honour guard of paramedics from across the country attended the Roman Catholic service at Mary Queen of the World Church in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.

Dozens of paramedics who worked with Rossiter travelled to Mount Pearl from Halifax.

After the service, ambulances lining the street sounded their sirens in Rossiter's memory.

Paramedic Rob Boudreau, who worked with him for four years in Halifax, called him a very dedicated paramedic.

"Even in our off time, he was trying to find ways to be back at work. He would enjoy that more than his days off." said Boudreau.

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Steve Crocker, who grew up with Rossiter in Mount Pearl, described him as someone who made a difference in people's lives.

"John Rossiter is probably one of the most caring persons you'd ever want to meet. He touched everybody who he came into contact with," he said.

Rossiter is survived by his parents, brother and sister. His father is a retired deputy fire chief of the St. John's Fire Department. His brother is a police officer.