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September 24, 2018
Oxford County paramedics recognized at Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs’ 2018 Annual General Meeting

Two Oxford County paramedics have been recognized by the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs for their exemplary service. Dave Moore and James O’Hearn were both awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Medal at the 2018 Annual General Meeting in London.

This prestigious award is presented to paramedics that have demonstrated the highest standards of conduct, industry and efficiency. Additionally, recipients must served over twenty years in the field, with at least ten of those years at street or air level duty involving potential risk to the individual. Since its inception in 1994, approximately 2,000 Ontario paramedics have received this award.

Russell Chase was also celebrated at the Annual General Meeting with the acceptance of the Award of Courage for saving the life of a young boy while off duty. While on vacation with his family, Russell swam into Lake Huron to assist swimmers struggling in the rough water, and was able to bring a seven year old boy to safety. 

During the 2018 Annual General Meeting, Oxford County’s Chief of Paramedic Services, Ben Addley, was also named OAPC’s southwest zone director. Addley has over 27 years of EMS experience, including roles as paramedic, educator, manager of logistics/quality and deputy chief of operations. He joined Oxford County as Chief in 2016.

Oxford County paramedics at the 2018 Annual General MeetingLeft to right: Stephen Edwards, Ryan Hall, Honourary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer, David Moore, Russell Chase, Ben Addley