The Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder KBE CB has presented two members of the St John Emergency Ambulance Service with national long service medals.
Senior Officer Malcolm Mechem and Paramedic Steve Domaille received the ‘Ambulance Service (Emergency Duties) Long Service & Good Conduct Medal’ at a special ceremony at the St John Headquarters at the Rohais this week.
The medal is a national award which is gained after completing 20 years of exemplary service to emergency ambulance service duties.
Sir Ian Corder congratulated Malcolm and Steve on their personal dedication and commitment to the community.
“It is important for society to remember all the hard work that has to go into keeping us safe and well when bad things happen and how much dedication and professionalism is required to keep the emergency services efficient and effective, as well as the technical skills you have to master and stay on top of.”
Malcolm Mechem initially joined the Patient Transport Service (PTS) in 1998 before training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and then Paramedic. Malcolm has also been an engineer on the Flying Christine and trainer to ambulance staff. He became Senior Officer in 2011 with oversight of Emergency Planning, the vehicle fleet, administration and PTS.
Steve Domaille also started his career with PTS before progressing to the role of EMT and then Paramedic. He has served with the Cliff Rescue and Inshore Rescue Boat teams. Steve has also worked as a Station Officer and Senior Officer, before returning to his operational position with the Service as a Paramedic.
Ali Marquis, Chief Officer of the St John Emergency Ambulance Service said
“Recipients of this award have not only reached a milestone in their careers, but have also displayed outstanding service to the public, often in times of need. The ambulance service nationally, St John and the wider public hold those receiving these awards in high esteem. On behalf of the St John Emergency Ambulance Service I would like to express my gratitude to Malcolm and Steve for their dedication, their loyal service and the care they have given to the public.”