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Hastings County Council Recognizes Paramedic Services Awards

Categories: Paramedic Services

Posted On: May 28, 2021

Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services have established awards in order to celebrate those staff for their accomplishments, and for specific patients they encountered. Due to COVID-19 the proper ceremonies that would normally occur to celebrate these individuals could not happen, however, the Hastings-Quinte Emergency Services Committee was able to recognize and congratulate these individuals through a report brought forward by Chief Doug Socha to the committee in their meeting on May 12, 2021.

The categories include a 12-year service medal for time spent with Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services, which four people will be receiving.  A Save Pin, which is defined as those patients that were in cardiac arrest who did not have a pulse, and were not breathing, but through the actions of ambulance communication officers, paramedics, other first responders, and hospital staff successfully resuscitated those patients to the point they were discharged home. In 2018 and 2019 there were 47 Save Pins being distributed to 36 brave paramedics. There were also 5 Stork Pins for those paramedics that helped deliver babies in the same timeframe. We also wish to recognize any paramedic that has recently retired. This year, Hastings Quinte Paramedics celebrated a paramedic who has had 50 years of dedicated service.

“On behalf of Hastings County Council & Staff I would like to extend a huge thank you to all paramedics for everything that they do to keep the people in our communities safe,” says Warden Rick Phillips, Hastings County. “Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond, we have been witness to the extraordinary efforts of our paramedics. They should be recognized as the heroes they truly are,” exclaimed Phillips.

“Hastings-Quinte Paramedics have been dealing with the COVID-19 response from the first planes that landed at CFB Trenton.  Each time we have asked, paramedics have responded to meet community needs including swabbing, community paramedicine, vaccine teams, COVID transfers, and difficult emergency calls with added personal protective equipment.  They are an amazing group of dedicated professionals,” said Chief Doug Socha.