2019-03-06

Dayspring paramedic honoured again for exemplary service

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>Greg Bayers of Dayspring, pictured in 2014, received another exemplary service honour.</p>

Seasoned paramedic Greg Bayers of Dayspring continues to be recognized for being among the dedicated best in his field of expertise.

The Lunenburg County man was recently awarded another Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal to go with the same honour he received in 2014.

"Greg attended his first ambulance call with Crowell's Ambulance in Sheet Harbour [Halifax County] when he was only 15 years old," reads biographical information provided by Emergency Health Services (EHS).

"Greg has served in a number of positions including, senior operations paramedic, operations supervisor, medical communications officer, safety operations coach and paramedic facilitator. Greg is currently an operations supervisor in the western region."

Remo Zaccagna, a spokesman for EHS, said Bayers declined to be interviewed for this story.

Commenting to LighthouseNOW in 2014, Bayers said the honour was meaningful on many levels.

"It is humbling because I have the pleasure of working alongside some of the best and most skilled paramedics in North America," he said at the time. "Considering that I was nominated by a peer for this medal it is a great honour and leaves me without words to express the depth of how it feels except to reiterate that it is an honour and humbling."

The medal is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk professions that enhance Canada's public safety. Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for the medal.

Information published on the Governor General of Canada web site indicates the medical services honour "recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public, who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency."

Emergency Medical Services professionals 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.

Bayers was honoured in May 2015 with a long-service award in recognition of his 25 years in paramedicine.

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