Seven Northumberland Paramedics awarded Governor General’s medal

Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal recognizes 20 years of exemplary service

Left to right: Northumberland Paramedics deputy chief of quality improvement & professional standards Gord Nevils, Northumberland Paramedics deputy chief of operations Keith Barrett, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Dan Dulmage, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Heidi Brown, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Angie Morrison, Northumberland Paramedics chief Susan Brown, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Bob Cranley, Canadian Armed Forces chief warrant officer Martin Bedard, and Canadian Armed Force surgeon general major-general Marc Bilodeau. (Photo courtesy of Northumberland County)
Left to right: Northumberland Paramedics deputy chief of quality improvement & professional standards Gord Nevils, Northumberland Paramedics deputy chief of operations Keith Barrett, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Dan Dulmage, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Heidi Brown, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Angie Morrison, Northumberland Paramedics chief Susan Brown, Northumberland Paramedics paramedic Bob Cranley, Canadian Armed Forces chief warrant officer Martin Bedard, and Canadian Armed Force surgeon general major-general Marc Bilodeau. (Photo courtesy of Northumberland County)

Seven Northumberland Paramedics were awarded with the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal or Bar at a special presentation ceremony in Kingston last Thursday (June 9).

Created in 1994, the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal recognizes paramedics who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry, and efficiency. All recipients have completed at least 20 years of service, with at least half of that time performing duties that involve potential risk.

The Kingston presentation marked the first Governor General’s Exemplary Service Award ceremony since the start of the pandemic, and included recognition of both the 2020 and 2021 recipients.

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The Northumberland Paramedics 2020 recipients included: Keith Barrett, deputy chief of operations, who was awarded a bar commemorating 30 years of service; and Dan Dulmage, primary care paramedic, who was awarded a medal commemorating 20 years of service.

The 2021 recipients included Heidi Brown, primary care paramedic, who was awarded a medal commemorating 20 years of service; Bob Cranley, advanced care paramedic, who was awarded a medal commemorating 20 years of service; Cathy Hall, primary care paramedic (retired), who was awarded a medal commemorating 20 years of service; and Angie Morrison, advanced care paramedic, who was awarded a medal commemorating 20 years of service.

Former Northumberland Paramedic Ed Dunk, who passed away in 2021 shortly after his retirement, was also recognized for being awarded a 30-year bar, delivered at a special service last year.

“On behalf of county council and our community, I would like to express my gratitude to these paramedicine professionals for their dedicated service and their personal commitment to excellence,” said Northumberland County warden Bob Crate. “We recognize and respect the strength, bravery and extensive training and skill that is required to deliver this industry-leading care to Northumberland residents and visitors, and we applaud your efforts to go above and beyond in your role.”