Five Frontenac Paramedics earn Governor General’s Exemplary Service Awards

L-R: Frontenac Paramedics Chief Gale Chevalier, Major-General Jean-Pierre Picard, Frontenac Paramedic Dianne Nielsen, Frontenac Paramedic Campbell Pearce, Chief Warrant Officer Hasselman, Frontenac Paramedic Superintendent Jeremie Hurtubise, Frontenac Paramedic Deputy Chief Dean Popov at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) Fall Symposium and AGM in Niagara Falls, October 6, 2022. Photo via Frontenac County.

Five Frontenac Paramedics were recognized with the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) Fall Symposium and AGM in Niagara Falls, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

Joe Banks, David Giroux, Dianne Nielsen, Mark O’Meara, and Campbell Pearce are among 106 Ontario paramedics to receive the honour, which is presented to paramedics who have provided the highest quality of care for at least 20 years.

Frontenac Paramedics Joe Banks, David Giroux, Dianne Nielson, Campbell Pearce, and Mark O’Meara. Image via Frontenac County.

“I am extremely honoured,” said Neilsen. “Throughout my 23 years as a paramedic, I have witnessed many innovative changes. One thing that hasn’t changed is the chance to work with an amazing group of people who go above and beyond the call of duty to help their communities and to make life better for others. I am proud to be a Frontenac Paramedic.”

According to a release from Frontenac County, recipients are paramedics who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry, and efficiency, and are nominated by an advisory committee of paramedic leaders.

“It takes a very special sort of person to dedicate their working life to being a paramedic,” said Frontenac Paramedics Chief Gale Chevalier. “I am very proud of this year’s honourees. They have each earned this prestigious recognition because they are examples of the very best of our profession. Congratulations all.”

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