SHUBENACADIE: Thirteen Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians.

The paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care during times of need, sometimes at great personal risk.

Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax today, Nov. 3.

“This medal recognizes the professionalism, commitment and dedication of Nova Scotia’s outstanding paramedics,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is my honour to recognize the vital contribution of the men and women who are always there to respond in a medical crisis.”

Local paramedic Stephen McCulloch, from Shubenacadie East, was honoured.

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety.

Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals which are part of the Canadian honours system.

Paramedics can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk.