Two Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics have been awarded an Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal for 30 and 40 years of outstanding service. The Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics were presented with their medals during a ceremony that took place on November 28th at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
The Chatham-Kent EMS Primary Care Paramedic receiving their 30-year exemplary service bars is:
– Robert Belleghem
The Chatham-Kent EMS Primary Care Paramedic receiving their 40-year exemplary service bars is:
– Michael Gazo
The Exemplary Service Medals recognize those persons in high-risk professions who have dedicated themselves to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service. The awards are national in scope and are part of the Canadian honours system.
“Chatham-Kent EMS and Medavie Health Services is incredibly proud of the well-deserved recognition each of these paramedics has received with the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal,” said Donald MacLellan, General Manager Chatham-Kent EMS. “As a Paramedic with Chatham-Kent EMS, they have dedicated their careers to helping the people of Chatham-Kent when they need it most. On behalf of all of our staff, I would like to congratulate and thank them for the unwavering commitment to care that they demonstrate on a daily basis.”
The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created in 1994, part of a national recognition program for people 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.
Paramedics are nominated by their peers or the public, and recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that could put them at risk.