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Superior North EMS - Three Paramedics Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

September 29, 2008 – Three Superior North EMS paramedics have received medals from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of their outstanding contribution to paramedicine, their community, and for service. The medals were presented to the paramedics by Major General Richard Rohmer, Canada's most decorated person, at a special ceremony in London, Ontario, on Sept. 25.

Receiving the medal:
Wayne Gates, Thunder Bay, Manager of Quality Assurance, for 22 years of service in progressively responsible leadership positions and his work to make Superior North EMS a provincial leader in electronic data management.
Ted Neill, Thunder Bay, Supervisor, West Rural Region, for  28 years of service, largely in rural and remote communities, and his leadership as a supervisor.
Randy Boomhower, Paramedic, Conmee Township, for 28 years of service, largely in rural and remote communities, and his leadership with the union.
Both Neill and Boomhower were also recognized for the commitment of their own time to provide volunteer coverage without which communities would have been left unserviced.

"Many are nominated for the EMS Exemplary Service Medal, but only a few are awarded," Norm Gale, Director of EMS, said today after returning from London.  "For example, there are over 6,000 practising paramedics in Ontario today, and just over 100 paramedics received the medal this year."

The requirements for consideration include more than 20 years of service, with at least 10 of those years requiring front-line service involving some personal risk.  The recipient is also required to show that they have had some sort of positive impact or contribution to their community, said Gale.  "They need to have contributed in a significant manner toward the provision of this important public service.  It is truly an indicator of going above and beyond, and is much more than a long-service award"

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, created July 7, 1994, recognizes professionals in the provision of emergency medical services to the public who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner characterized by conduct, energy, and efficiency.  The medal is part of Canada's official awards system which tangibly reflects national gratitude for long and outstanding service.


Contact:  Norm Gale, Director – Superior North EMS, 625-3259

Please note:  Randy Boomhower will be available to speak with media personnel if so desired.