In a ceremony at Queens Park last week, the Honorable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recognized 77 Ontario Paramedics whom have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner for a minimum of thirty years. In Middlesex-London there were two recognized, London’s Patricia Schelhaas and Strathroy’s Jamie Herrington each with their First Bar. Herrington who has been a paramedic for 33 years says it was an honour to be recognized.
These bars are presented to paramedics who have served for at least thirty years for the first bar, or forty years for the second bar in a 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.