No 'code of respect' as thieves steal all work gear belonging to B.C. paramedic

VANCOUVER — Thieves have stolen all the vital equipment of a Vancouver paramedic, putting her out of work until she can replace the gear.

Annelie Van der Heyden had just completed a nearly 12-hour shift late Sunday and decided to leave her gear in her car, rather than carry it, and possibly the new coronavirus, into her home.

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She discovered Monday that thieves had broken into the trunk of the car, stealing a bag filled with two uniforms, boots, masks, a stethoscope, helmet and everything else she needs to do her job.

It's all replaceable but Van der Heyden says she'll have to pay for everything and until then, she's unable to work.

She says she's still in disbelief and expected some sort of "code of respect" from thieves who must have known they were making off with supplies belonging to a paramedic.

Van der Heyden says the toughest loss is the theft of a coveted pin awarded to paramedics who assist in the birth of a baby.

"I was like, 'Oh no, the stork pin'," she said of the award she earned last summer.

She said she's optimistic that the pin and the rest of her gear will be returned.

"Here's hoping I can get it back maybe, when they realize it's of no use to them and of really important use to me," said Van der Heyden. (CTV)

This report from The Canadian Press was first published March 31, 2020

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