Three county paramedics earn service medal
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | October 26, 2017
Three of the province’s 109 paramedics who received an exemplary service medal this year are from Haliburton County. They are Bradley Robinson, Dwight Thomas and the late Gordon Riddle.
To be eligible, paramedics must complete 20 years of exemplary service, including at least a decade performing duties involving potential risk, said Tim Waite, chief and director of Haliburton County Paramedic Service, in a report. The award can be awarded posthumously.
“It’s an honour for Haliburton County Paramedic Service to have staff recognized for their dedication to pre-hospital patient care and receive the prestigious exemplary service medal,” said Waite.
Robinson has 29 years of service under his belt and is still a paramedic. Thomas, who is retired, served more than 35 years. Riddle was also a paramedic for more than 35 years.
The prestigious award is issued by the Governor General of Canada. Honorary Lieutenant-General Richard Rohmer recently handed them out during the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs’ annual general meeting in Ottawa.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.