A fire April 28 left one of Prescott-Russell’s paramedics homeless. Now the friends of Manon Diotte are rallying around to help find a place to live and also replace some of her lost belongings through a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/f/xetp2-emergency-home-for-a-first-responder.
A fire April 28 left one of Prescott-Russell’s paramedics homeless. Now the friends of Manon Diotte are rallying around to help find a place to live and also replace some of her lost belongings through a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/f/xetp2-emergency-home-for-a-first-responder.

Good friends help homeless paramedic

With a little help from her friends, Manon Diotte will have somewhere to live after a fire left her homeless.

Diotte is a paramedic with the Prescott-Russell Emergency Services. Day and night, she is available to help people in distress at accident scenes, fires, and other emergency situations, and get them to the nearest hospital as fast as possible.

During the night of April 28, Diotte faced her own personal emergency when the duplex where she lived on Concession 6 in Plantagenet burned down. Now some of her friends are rallying to her rescue with a GoFundMe project to raise money to replace some of the essential things she lost in the fire and also help find her a new place to live.

“Every day, as a paramedic, Manon puts her health at risk for the safety of the community, providing frontline services for COVID-19 testing and other emergencies,” state The Friends of Manon, at their GoFundMe page. “And now she is without a home.”

The GoFundMe campaign for Diotte seeks to raise $20,000. The goals are “to help rebuild her life and home” through either assisting her with finding a place to rent in the Alfred-Plantagenet Township or Town of Rockland areas, or allowing her to buy a “tiny house” unit now to set up on her own property.

“She is one of the kindest, most caring people that we know,” state the Friends of Manon. “She is an everyday hero during this pandemic that we are all experiencing. Every day she puts her life at risk. We are asking the community to help us help Manon Diotte rebuild her home and replace her essentials, so that she can continue providing the essential services for the community.”

As of May 1, the Friends of Manon have raised almost $10,000 on their GoFundMe page, about half of the $20,000 goal. Those who wish to donate to the cause can go to www.gofundme.com/f/xetp2-emergency-home-for-a-first-responder.

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