Greater Sudbury Paramedics Honoured with Exemplary Service Medals

Oct 16, 2015

The City of Greater Sudbury is pleased to congratulate two local paramedics for recently being awarded with the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal, recognizing over 20 years of meritorious service in the field of pre-hospital emergency medical service. Primary Care Paramedic Stephen Kutowy and Advanced Care Paramedic Garry Lauzon were presented with medals at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) Gala Ceremony in Windsor in September.

"The Exemplary Service medal recognizes those professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency," said Chief of Emergency Services Trevor Bain. “To be recognized in this way is a huge accomplishment for any paramedic. The high level of dedication and professionalism shown by these two worthy individuals is demonstrated by this prestigious award, and we applaud them on their achievements."

Stephen Kutowy has been a full time front line Primary Care Paramedic since June of 1987 and is also a Relief Platoon Superintendent. Kutowy has been an active member of the Espanola search and rescue team for the past 3 years, and is also a member of the occupational health and safety committee. Throughout his career, Kutowy has also helped mentor and educate students about paramedic care.

Garry Lauzon began work as a local Primary Care Paramedic in 1994. In 1999, he graduated from the Advanced Care Paramedic Training Program. Throughout his career, Lauzon has committed himself to precepting Primary Care and Advance Care Paramedics. Lauzon is also one of the 2 full time Advanced Care Paramedics chosen to run the Community Paramedicine Transition Pilot Project. Lauzon was also a College Professor for 11 years, teaching Primary and Advanced Care paramedics at Cambrian College.

The Governor General awards the Exemplary Service Medal for Emergency Medical Services professionals through its Canadian Honours System. The medal is available to eligible professionals who have provided pre-hospital emergency medical service for at least 20 years. To qualify, those nominated must have served at least 10 years on street level duty, placing their own lives and safety at risk to protect others.