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For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2009

Peel Paramedic Receives Governor General Award


BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 13, 2009) – Yesterday Peel Paramedic John Thompson stood before Council in recognition of his Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal. The medal was presented to John at the 2009 Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario (AMEMSO) and Ontario Base Hospital Group Conference in September.

“I enjoy the challenge of being a paramedic – thinking on my feet and responding on a minute-to-minute basis,” said Peel Paramedic John Thompson. “I really appreciate the recognition from both the Governor General and the Region of Peel.

The Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service medal is awarded to those who have completed a minimum 20 years of exemplary service where at least 10 of those years involved the potential for risk to their lives while on duty. They have provided excellent pre-hospital emergency medical care to the public and volunteered their time to increase the health and well-being of the people in the communities they serve.

John’s commitment to the health and safety of the Peel community began back in 1981 where he served the residents of Streetsville and Meadowvale for 25 years. John currently provides his paramedic skills to residents in the Town of Caledon.

“John demonstrates the kind of service excellence that makes a difference in the lives of those he serves,” said Director of Peel Regional Paramedic Services Peter Dundas. “He is another example of the dedication and professionalism I see from our paramedics every day.”

Peel Paramedic John Thompson receives Council recognition for receiving the Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal.
Peel Paramedic John Thompson receives Council recognition for receiving the Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal.From left to right: Director of Peel Regional Paramedic Services Peter Dundas, Town of Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison, Peel Paramedic John Thompson, Regional Chair Emil Kolb and Health Services Commissioner Janette Smith

Peel Paramedics respond to more than 80,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit www.peelems.ca or call
905-791-7800, ext. 3956.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit our website at www.peelregion.ca.



Lisa Calce
Public Affairs Associate
905-791-7800, ext. 4172

Brad Bowie
Public Education Officer
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 3956, or 416-936-4703

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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