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PMH Paramedics Receive Exemplary Service Honours

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) congratulates six regional paramedics who were recognized with a national Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Exemplary Service Medal, presented by Manitoba Health Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. The six were among 22 provincial paramedics honoured at the Manitoba Legislature November 21 for their outstanding and long-standing years of service.

This year, the PMH award recipients were:

  • Louise Stitt, Regional EMS Director, 40-year bar;
  • Judy Podobni, Oak Lake, 30-year bar;
  • Logan Podobni, Oak Lake, 20-year medal;
  • Morgan Podobni, Oak Lake, 20-year medal;
  • Beverly Huys, Deloraine, 20-year medal;
  • Ruth Preston, Boissevain, 20-year medal.

Created in 1994, the Manitoba Lt. Governor General’s Medal recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public. To be eligible, nominated recipients have performed their duties in an exemplary manner — characterized by good conduct, hard work and efficiency. Award recipients must have been employed with EMS and completed 20 years of exemplary service. A ‘Bar’— with a stylized maple leaf —is awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of service with EMS.

PMH was especially pleased to note the recognition afforded to members of the Podobni family, who are based out of Oak Lake.

"We acknowledge and congratulate all of our award recipients for their professionalism, hard work, commitment and dedication to patients and residents within our health region," stated Penny Gilson, CEO of PMH.

Paramedics crop

Pictured L-R: Beverly Huys, 20 years, Judy Podobni, 30 years, Logan Podobni, 20 years, Morgan Podobni, 20 years, and Louise Stitt, 40 years. Ruth Preston, not pictured, 20-year recognition.