Northern first responders accept medals for decades of dedication

Two emergency medical services personnel from the Northern Health Region (NHR) have received the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal for 30 years of service.

Kim Rumak of Cranberry Portage and Gary Davis of Snow Lake were named recipients of the medal on Oct. 24.

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Rumak worked as a paramedic in Flin Flon and Cranberry Portage. She started her career in Grand Rapids as a first aider, moved to Flin Flon and became an emergency medical responder (EMR) and emergency medical technician (EMT), and recently retired at the paramedic level in Cranberry Portage.

“Throughout her career Kim has garnered the respect of her colleagues, managers and the community,” read an NHR news release.

Rumak was one of four responders to the 2000 smelter explosion at Hudbay.

“She was a leader, excellent provider and mentor for other staff, despite knowing her own husband was in the area at the time of the explosion,” said the NHR.

In addition to her work duties, Rumak has volunteered with community groups such as dirt track, softball and hockey organizations.

Davis started as a volunteer EMR with the Town of Snow Lake ambulance service. He is now with Snow Lake EMS, with the NHR.

“He has volunteered countless hours with the Mine Rescue Team with [Hudbay] in Snow Lake,” said the NHR. “Gary believes in community relations and public education, including participating in mock exercises, community standby events, parades and other events.”

– Compiled from a Northern Health Region news release

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