Friends of a local paramedic who recently lost her home to fire are raising money to help her get by during an already-difficult time.
In the early hours of April 28, Manon Diotte’s home was totally destroyed by fire. She is a paramedic with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell Emergency Services Department and recently became a community paramedic. These are paramedics who focus more on community-based health promotion and testing activities. In Prescott-Russell, they have been busy assisting with COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities and private dwellings.
Diotte was not able to go and live with her boyfriend because of the associated risks of COVID-19 and her work. So, some of her friends began an online fundraiser for her to get a new apartment in the Rockland/Alfred area and to raise money for a new tiny home on her property.
“Insurance will cover the rebuild of her home, but that will take a year. She lost everything,” said Jamie Kwong, one of Diotte’s friends and an organizer of the online fundraiser.
The friends who organized the fundraiser described Diotte as “one of the kindest, caring people that we know.”
The goal for the online fundraiser in support of paramedic Manon Diotte was set at $20,000. As of the early morning on Friday, May 8, $12,698 had been raised. To make a donation, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/xetp2-emergency-home-for-a-first-responder