Twenty Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians in their time of need.
The 20 paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care, sometimes at great personal risk.
Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax on Monday, Nov. 28.
“This medal recognizes the skill and dedication of paramedics as caring health-care professionals who respond to the medical needs of Nova Scotians 365 days a year,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, and all Nova Scotians, it is my privilege to recognize the outstanding contribution this group has made to our province.”
Paramedics who received the medal are:
— Jonathan Akin, Kentville, Kings Co.
— David Best, Londonderry, Colchester Co.
— Joseph Boutilier, Pine Grove, Lunenburg Co.
— Stephen Crocker, Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality
— Craig Desjardins (deceased), River Hebert, Cumberland Co.
— Gregory Down, Mount Uniacke, Hants County
— Odette Gaudet, Church Point, Digby Co.
— Christopher Hillier, Timberlea, Halifax Regional Municipality
— James Hogan, Sydney
— Lisa Hutt, Beaver Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality
— Terrance Lawlor, Dartmouth
— Michael Lockett, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co.
— Brian MacDonald, Sydney
— Charles MacDonald, Inverness, Inverness Co.
–Jason MacDonald, Sydney
— Shawn Mills, Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co.
— Craig Morrison, Glace Bay
— Gregory Pineo, Nine Mile River, Hants Co.
— Darren Romkey, Lunenburg
— Gregory Theriault, Falmouth, Hants Co.
“During their years of service, these individuals have seen their profession grow and mature to become a key part of our health-care system,” said Lawrence Briand, chair of the EMS Exemplary Service Medal Provincial Committee. “Awarding this medal gives us the opportunity to thank these paramedics for their work and dedication to the citizens of Nova Scotia and to celebrate our profession.”
The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety.
Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals which are part of the Canadian honours system.
Paramedics can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk.
For more information on the awards, visit www.gg.ca.