Last week, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Russ Mirasty, announced 103 recipients of the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal for 2020.
“In challenging times such as this, it is more important than ever to recognize the valuable work of our protective services personnel,” Mirasty said. “I wish to thank each medal recipient for their outstanding service to our province and I congratulate them on this well-deserved honour.”
The medal honours personnel with at least 25 years of exemplary service in Saskatchewan in protective services fields, including police, fire, correctional and border services, the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as mobile crisis and family violence outreach services.
This year’s recipients come from 26 rural and urban communities from across the province. They will receive a circular medal surmounted by St. Edward’s Crown and a certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Provincial Secretary. The medal bears the motto Qui civitatem tuentur (who guard the citizenry).
While public health orders due to COVID-19 will prevent the traditional presentation ceremonies normally held for this medal in Regina and Saskatoon, each nominating agency will receive a medal package and certificate for presentation to their recipient(s) in a physically-distanced internal ceremony.
Among this year’s recipients is one local man, Jim Cheyne of Outlook, an EMS chief with Heartland EMS. The community extends its congratulations to Jim on the accomplishment and commends him and all the local EMS staff for the work that they do.