paramedics recognized for exemplary service

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal to 14 Nova Scotia paramedics during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Each recipient has dedicated his career to providing high-quality emergency health care, sometimes at great personal risk.

“Today, we recognize the skill and dedication of paramedics as caring health care professionals who respond to the medical needs of Nova Scotians 365 days a year,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant.

The 14 paramedics are:
— Bud Avery, Halifax
— Timothy Bayers, Falmouth, Hants Co.
— Thomas Bird, Amherst
— Tony Eden, Dartmouth
— Jack Galley, Berwick
— Perry Kaiser, Westville, Pictou Co.
— John Lewis, Sydney
— Michael Morton, Mill Village, Queens Co.
— William Pero, Sydney Mines
— Steve Pertus, Sydney
— Brad Reid, Middleton
— Earl Russell, Berwick
— Dwayne Semple, Tatamagouche
— Keith Veinotte, Liscomb, Guysborough Co.

“Nova Scotia’s paramedics are highly trained professionals who continue to offer valuable care to communities,” said EHS Provincial Medical Director Dr. Andrew Travers. “I offer sincere congratulations to the medal recipients for their contribution to health care in Nova Scotia.”

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.

For more information on the awards, visit .

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