Nov 30

Chatham, ON – Six Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics have been awarded an Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal for 30 years of outstanding service. The Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics were presented with their medals during a ceremony that took place on November 28th at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Left to Right: Mike Goncalves, Kerry Nantais, James Sinclair, Rick Nicholls, MPP, Ken Lewis, Dwayne Purdy, Donald MacLellan, General Manager

The six Chatham-Kent EMS Primary Care Paramedics receiving their 30-year exemplary service bars are:

  • Mike Goncalves
  • Ken Lewis
  • Kerry Nantais
  • Dwayne Purdy
  • James Sinclair
  • Joseph Vancoillie

The Exemplary Service Medals recognize those persons in high-risk professions who have dedicated themselves to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service.  The awards are national in scope and are part of the Canadian honours system.


“Medavie Health Services is incredibly proud of the well-deserved recognition each of these paramedics has received with the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal,” said Erik Sande, President of Medavie Health Services. “As part of Chatham-Kent EMS, they have dedicated their careers to helping the people of Chatham-Kent when they need it most. I would like to congratulate and thank them for the unwavering commitment to care that they demonstrate on a daily basis.”


The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created in 1994, part of a national recognition program for people 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.


Paramedics are nominated by their peers or the public, and recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that could put them at risk.