Paramedic Marks 50 Years On The Job
Earlier this year, paramedic Jerry Barnes achieved the incredible 50 years of service milestone.
And with a plaque from the District of Muskoka, as well as the admiration of many who know him, Barnes made the decision to retire last month.
At a recent District council meeting, Chief of Paramedic Services and Emergency Planning Jeff McWilliam reflected on what 50 years of service means.
According to McWilliam, Barnes worked over 109 thousand hours of shift work; averaging about 400 calls per year, over his career.
District Chair John Klinck told council that Barnes is an active community volunteer, with many hours spent with committees and public events. As well, notes Klinck, Barnes delivered several babies during his service.
With this type of milestone, there is normally a small celebration. However, due to COVID-19, the honours had to be done virtually.
In this case, the paramedic team created a video that was shared during the meeting.
By Leila Nasr-Sharifi, for HuntersBayRadio.com
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