Two paramedics from Bridgewater have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians.
Jonathan Pippy and Robin Rosewell of Bridgewater are among 13 individuals receiving the medal.
The paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care during times of need, sometimes at great personal risk, according to a statement from Nova Scotia Health and Wellness.
Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax on Nov. 3.
"This medal recognizes the professionalism, commitment and dedication of Nova Scotia's outstanding paramedics," said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. "On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is my honour to recognize the vital contribution of the men and women who are always there to respond in a medical crisis."
Other paramedics who received the medal are:
- Dwayne Cameron, Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality
- Bruce Cruickshank, Canning, Kings Co.
- Nigel Gerroir, Truro
- Dana Jenkins, Middle Sackville
- Owen Lynds, Tatamagouche, Colchester Co.
- John MacIsaac, Sydney
- Stephen McCulloch, Shubenacadie East, Hants Co.
- Keith Odlin, Parrsboro, Cumberland Co.
- Christopher Renaud, Digby
- Maxwell Taylor, Sydney
- Paul Carr, Springhill, Cumberland Co.
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.