A paramedic who signed for his last duty choked and teary-eyed during his final radio call to a colleague.
Halton Region Paramedic Services’ Mike Chorney has worked as a paramedic for the past 40 years and Wednesday was his last day on the front line.
On the radio, one of Chorney’s colleagues read out everything he’s accomplished in his career, bringing Chorney to tears.
“Thank you for such kind words,” Chorney begins, patting his eyes with what appears to be a crumpled napkin.
“As you can see, I’m probably a little stifled here. Now more people are looking at me than before,” he added with a strained laugh.
Chorney enjoyed his time working with Halton’s paramedics and said it was a “very good part” of his life.
“Sorry I can’t go, but I have to do something about it,” he said, thanking his former colleagues and hanging up the walkie-talkie.
Chief of Staff Greg Sage congratulates Mr. Charney on his retirement after 40 years of service to the Halton community.
“Good luck with the next chapter!” Sage said in a tweet.
A video of Chorney’s final call posted to Twitter has been viewed more than 10,000 times since it was posted Wednesday afternoon.