In a ceremony at Queen’s Park on October 23, 2017, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario recognized 38 Ontario Paramedics, including 2 Middlesex-London EMS Paramedics, whom have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner for a minimum of thirty years. A total of 55 individuals received this honour in 2017.
These paramedics were presented with their first or second bar for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, which was created in 1994 by the late Governor General Romeo LeBlanc as a component of the Canadian Honours System. These bars are presented to paramedics who have served for at least thirty years (first bar), or forty years (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.