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Kawartha Lakes paramedic receives Exemplary Service Medal Second Bar

KAWARTHA LAKES-A Kawartha Lakes Paramedic received the Exemplary Service Medal, Second Bar from the Governor General on Thursday.

Eugene Schwartzentruber was one of 68 Ontario paramedics to receive honours in a ceremony at Queen’s Park Thursday evening. Honorary Major General Richard Rohmer, accompanied by The Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and Long- Term Care, handed out the awards to paramedics who have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner for a minimum of thirty years. 

These paramedics who have all previously received the Exemplary Service Medal were presented with their First, Second, or Third Bar for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, which was created in 1994 by the late Governor General Romeo LeBlanc as a component of the Canadian Honours System. This recognition is for professional paramedic service provided in a demonstrable meritorious manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least ten of these years of service must have been street level (or air) duty involving potential risk to the individual. 

Each Bar to the Exemplary Service Medal represents an additional award of the ESM. Paramedics who have served for at least thirty years receive their First Bar, forty years their Second Bar, and for fifty years their Third Bar.



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