Ottawa paramedics continue to recover after training explosion

A pair of Ottawa police officers and three paramedics were hurt in a joint training exercise in the...

A pair of Ottawa police officers and three paramedics were hurt in a joint training exercise in the city's west end Wednesday June 18, 2014. The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on a property along the 900 block of March Rd. near Maxwell Bridge. There is an abandoned house and property on the corner which was being used as part of the exercise. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:53 PM ET

OTTAWA — Two Ottawa paramedics seriously injured in an explosion during training are conscious and aware, paramedic chief Anthony DiMonte said Thursday.

DiMonte had “very emotional exchanges” with the paramedics, who remain in ICU at the Ottawa Hospital.

They can’t speak, since they still have breathing tubes, but can communicate through notes.

Craig MacInnes, a 22-year veteran, is married with three children. Reid Purdy, an eight-year veteran, is married with a four-month old daughter.


A pair of Ottawa police officers and three paramedics were hurt in a joint training exercise in the city's west end Wednesday June 18, 2014. The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on a property along the 900 block of March Rd. near Maxwell Bridge. There is an abandoned house and property on the corner which was being used as part of the exercise. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

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