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October 10, 2002
Nineteen Toronto EMS Paramedics honoured for outstanding service and bravery
Emergency Medical Services - Seventeen paramedics from Toronto EMS
have been awarded the Governor-General's Emergency Medical Services Exemplary
Service Medal and two more received Awards of Bravery.

"Toronto EMS is very proud of this year's award winners," said Ron Kelusky,
General Manager of Toronto EMS. "All our paramedics do amazing work, but this
group of committed, experienced professionals really deserve our respect and
admiration. I am happy to see them receive this recognition."

The EMS Exemplary Service Medal is awarded by the Governor-General of Canada to
persons engaged in the provision of pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services who
have contributed greatly in terms of length of service and commitment to the
advancement of the industry.

"Toronto residents appreciate the outstanding work that Toronto EMS paramedics
do," said Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair of City Council's Community Services
Committee. "On behalf of the Mayor and Members of Council, I would like to
congratulate the EMS Exemplary Service Medal and Award of Bravery recipients on
this important recognition of their work, and thank them for their outstanding
service to the City of Toronto."

The following Toronto paramedics received their medals last Wednesday, October
2, from Major General Richard Rohmer, on behalf of the Governor-General, at the
annual meeting of the Municipal Emergency Medical Services Association of

John Ardern - Community Liaison Officer
Frank Bowdring - Paramedic
Garry Boyer - Paramedic
David Cole - Paramedic
Gord Crosby - Paramedic
John Dolan - Operations Supervisor
Bruce Farr - Director EMS Operations
Norman Ferrier - Emergency Planner
Greg LeBlanc - Operations Supervisor
Barry Moffatt - Paramedic
Gerald Morgan - Paramedic
Frank Neal - Paramedic
Bruce Newton - Operations Supervisor
Fred Payne - Driving Instructor (retired)
Robert Post - Operations Supervisor
Peter Robolo - Manager EMS Special Operations
Gord Webber - Manager North East Operations

In addition, the Municipal Emergency Medical Services Association of Ontario
has awarded the Dr. McNally Award of Bravery to two Toronto paramedics, Geoff
Stoodley and Alister Keene, for their actions in saving a life while placing
themselves at personal risk.

"The courage these men displayed in the performance of their duties is
something special," said Kelusky. "Paramedics often find themselves in unsafe
or dangerous situations, and it's a credit to their professionalism that they
put their own lives at risk in order to save another's."

Media Contact
Peter Macintyre,
Toronto EMS,



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