Fatal motorcycle crash claims life of paramedic

WATCH (above): Emergency responders in Maple Ridge were stunned when they attended a fatal motorbike accident, to find the victim was one of their own.

Emergency crews who rushed to the scene of fatal motorcycle crash in Maple Ridge yesterday were saddened to find the 43-year-old victim was one of their own.

Ryan Ferrier was a paramedic and tragically killed in a crash that happened on Lougheed Highway at 105 Avenue at 4:20 p.m. yesterday.

According to Ridge Meadows RCMP, Ferrier was killed after his motorcycle crashed into a semi-truck that was turning left on Lougheed Highway. The highway was closed for several hours while crews investigated the scene.

The death of a paramedic has sent shock waves through the emergency services and paramedic community.

“Today is a very sad day for 3700 paramedics and dispatches province-wide,” said Bronwyn Barter, Union President of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC.

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“We’re taking measures to ensure that the crews who attended the scene are being taken care of.”

She said it wasn’t easy for paramedics to act as first responders for a member of their professional family.

“Every call is a tough call, but put one of our family members…and obviously it makes it even worse,” she said.

“Everyone thinks we wear this armour, but we get the dings in the armour…every call, every situation impacts every paramedic and the o ther emergency services in the field differently.”

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.