November 4, 2010
Media Release

 York Region Emergency Medical Services paramedics recognized for providing highest standard of pre-hospital care to patients

Five paramedics receive 2010 Governor General Exemplary Service Medal and one paramedic receives the prestigious N.H. McNally Award for Bravery
NEWMARKET – Five York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics recently received a 2010 Governor General EMS Exemplary Service Medal and one paramedic received the N.H. McNally Award for Bravery.  Both of these awards were presented during the annual general meeting of the Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario (AMEMSO).

“The Governor General EMS Exemplary award recognizes EMS professionals across the country that have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good pre-hospital care,” said Regional Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “York Region is fortunate to have paramedics who are so dedicated to the profession and to providing emergency care.”

The York Region 2010 Award Recipients for the Exemplary Service Medal are: Tim Deremo, Gary Keilhack, Dave McGrail, Michael McPeake and Dianne Nordheimer. 
As part of the Canadian Honours Programme, the Governor General makes available Exemplary Service Medals for EMS professionals.  The Award was created in 1994 and is available to eligible members of the pre-hospital emergency medical service who have served for at least 20 years in a commendable manner. To qualify, at least 10 of these years of service must have been street level duty involving potential risk to the individual. 

“This is the second consecutive year that a York Region paramedic has received the prestigious N.H. McNally Award for Bravery,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee. “This award recognizes acts of obvious bravery by pre-hospital professionals in the performance of their duties.”

In 2009, York Region EMS paramedic, Michael Davis responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 407 where a vehicle left the roadway, rolled approximately 120 feet down an embankment through a fence and landed in a catch basin filled with frigid water.  Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, Mr. Davis’ actions in rescuing the driver were key factors in saving the patient’s life.  Mr. Davis has also been recognized by the Ontario Provincial Police and St. John Ambulance for his heroic actions while responding to this call.

The N.H. McNally Award for Bravery was established in 1976 to honour Dr. Norman McNally, the father of Ontario's ambulance system. The award in his name has a rich history of acknowledging individuals who risked their lives to rescue or protect others from harm.  It is not an annual award and is only presented when deserved.
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