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Prestigious award goes to Winnipeg Fire Fighter

WINNIPEG - June 23, 2005 - A member of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was honoured today as a recipient of a Mary Beth Dolin Meritorious Fire Service Medal from the Province of Manitoba. Marc Proulx, Public Education Officer in the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS), and a 19 year veteran of the service received the award from the Honourable Nancy Allan, Minister of Labour and Immigration at a ceremony held at the Manitoba legislature.

The Mary Beth Dolin Meritorious Fire Service Medal was established in 1988 to honour individual achievement in the fire service. The Medal goes to those who have demonstrated excellence, leadership or outstanding achievement, or to those whose contribution has substantially enhanced the safety of the people of Manitoba.

"The presentation of this award demonstrates the skills and talents of the people that work for the WFPS," said Chief Wes Shoemaker. "We are proud of Marc's many achievements and join the union in sharing our congratulations for this well-deserved recognition."

"We are pleased to congratulate Marc on receiving this award," said Dave Naaykens, Vice-President of UFFW Local 867. "Marc is a very dedicated and committed fire professional who has protected the citizens of Winnipeg for many years. Our city is a safer place because of his work."

Marc Proulx received the Dolin Award in recognition for his professionalism both on the job and as a volunteer. During his career, he has been both a fire fighter and one of the city's first public safety officers.

Through the Office of the Fire Commissioner, Marc has also helped guide the direction of Public Fire and Life Safety issues throughout the province. He assisted with the development of a Public Fire & Life Safety curriculum, a first in Canada. He co-authored a full-colour resource booklet titled "Fire Setting and Youth" designed for children and youth with learning disabilities. The book is in elementary schools in Winnipeg and has received recognition internationally.

Marc has also volunteered his time supporting children at the Firefighters Burn Camp, in fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, as a loaned representative to the United Way, and as a youth volleyball coach. He is also a member of Winnipeg's Aboriginal Employee's support group, which provides information and support to all city employees.

Last update: 23.06.2005

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