Frontenac Paramedics among those to receive special recognition
In a ceremony at Queen’s Park last last month, Honorary Major General Richard Rohmer, accompanied by The Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and LongTerm Care, awarded recognition from the Governor General to 68 Ontario Paramedics whom have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner for a minimum of thirty years.
These paramedics who have all previously received the Exemplary Service Medal were presented with their First, Second, or Third Bar for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, which was created in 1994 by the late Governor General Romeo LeBlanc as a component of the Canadian Honours System.
This recognition is for professional paramedic service provided in a demonstrable meritorious manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least ten of these years of service must have been street level (or air) duty involving potential risk to the individual.
Each Bar to the Exemplary Service Medal represents an additional award of the ESM. Paramedics who have served for at least thirty years receive their First Bar, forty years their Second Bar, and for fifty years their Third Bar. This year we are pleased to specially recognize Ian Phythian, recently retired from York Region, as the fifth Canadian recipient in the history of this award of the Third Bar representing 50 years of full time exemplary professional paramedic service.
Locally, two paramedics from Frontenac were honoured.
Congratulations go to Geoff Crawford who received his First Bar and to Dale Hodgins who received his Second Bar.
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