Paramedics receive Exemplary Service Medals

official news release from the Government of Nova Scotia

The Exemplary Service Medal for Emergency Medical Services was presented today, Aug. 25, to 17 men and women who tirelessly work to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians.

Each Emergency Health Services paramedic has dedicated their career to preserving Canada's public safety through long and outstanding service. The awards were presented by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis at Government House in Halifax.

"When tasked with stressful, life-and-death situations, paramedics regularly go above and beyond to deliver better health care to Nova Scotians and their families," said the lieutenant-governor. "They play a vital role in our health care system and deserve recognition."

The medal is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk professions that enhance Canada's public safety.

The 2011 recipients of the Exemplary Service Medal for Emergency Medical Services are:  

 Martin Bell  Conquerall Bank
 John Bessonette  Hammonds Plains 
 Robert Boudreau  Dartmouth
 Douglas Bourque  Middle West Pubnico
 Andy Boutlier  Lakeview
 Lawrence Briand  North Sydney
 Tim Colburn  Tatamagouche
 Jeanette Diggdon  Middle West Pubnico
 Allister Edwards  Port Caledonia
 Jeff Fraser  Falmouth
 William (Bill) Hill  Halifax 
 Crystal Larkin  Barrington
 Tim Margeson  Kenvtille 
 James (Tony) Neville         Sydney
 John (Bud) Sanford  Shubenacadie
 Shane Strong  Ste.du Ruisseau
 Barry Tracey  Petit de Grat

"Nova Scotia has the best ground ambulance system in the country and one of the best in North America," said Gary Ramey, Health and Wellness ministerial assistant, on behalf of Minister MacDonald. "Having such a highly regarded service is only possible because of the commendable, hard work of the brave men and women of Emergency Health Services.

"I'm proud to congratulate all of them for being nominated for such a prestigious award."

Nominations for the medal are submitted by the provincial awards committee to the national committee, which submits them to the Office of the Governor General.

The exemplary service medal is also given to people in other public safety professions such as police, corrections, fire rescue services, coast guard and peace officer.

"Recipients receive this honour as recognition from Canada for the dedication they have shown, and continue to show, towards the paramedic profession over the past 20 or more years," said Allan Day, advanced care paramedic with Emergency Health Services and member of the awards committee.

The Emergency Medical Exemplary Service Medal was created in 1994 to recognize paramedics who perform their duties in an exemplary manner through good conduct, efficiency and number of years in service.

To be considered for the award, a paramedic must have been employed with an emergency medical service on, or after, Oct. 31, 1991, and have completed 20 years of exemplary service, including 10 years service in situations of potential risk.

Pictured (l-r): Allister Edwards; Tony Neville; Shane Strong; Jeff Fraser; Douglas Bourque; Andy Boutilier; Tim Colburn; Jeannette Diggdon; John (Bud) Sanford; Her Honour, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S., DHumL, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia; John Bessonnette; Barry Tracey, Martin Bell; Tim Margeson; Crystal Larkin; Lawrence Briand; Bill Hill

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