Parrs­boro paramedics hon­oured for ex­em­plary ser­vice

Dur­ing cer­e­mony at Prov­ince House

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNT Y - BY DAR­RELL COLE

PARRS­BORO - Grow­ing up in New­found­land Mike New­man knew early on that he wanted to be a para­medic.

Twenty years later the Nappan res­i­dent is work­ing out of the EHS Parrs­boro base and was one of 15 Nova Sco­tia paramedics awarded the Ex­em­plary Ser­vices Medal re­cently by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Prov­ince House.

“I re­mem­ber watch­ing the Res­cue 911 show and think­ing that’s what I wanted to do,” said New­man. “I couldn’t get the school­ing in New­found­land so I went to school in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.”

New­man got his first job in Clarenville, N.L. be­fore com­ing mov­ing to Nova Sco­tia and work­ing in Pug­wash and Amherst be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Parrs­boro ap­prox­i­mately five years ago.

“It’s a job that has a lot of good and bad and ev­ery call is dif­fer­ent, but I en­joy mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives and be­ing there dur­ing what’s a tough time for peo­ple,” New­man said. “I feel we make a dif­fer­ence for peo­ple.”

New­man was one of three Cum­ber­land County paramedics hon­oured dur­ing the cer­e­mony. All three work out of Parrs­boro in­clud­ing John Camp­bell and Carla Mid­dle­burg.

Like other first re­spon­ders, New­man ad­mit­ted be­ing a para­medic can be stress­ful and try­ing at times. Work­ing as a team and be­ing there for each other dur­ing tougher calls re­ally helps with cop­ing and while there are lots of tough calls there are oth­ers in which those be­ing cared for and their fam­i­lies are so ap­pre­cia­tive of the work be­ing done.

“You do see some things you want to put out of your mind and you hope that to­mor­row’s bet­ter, but there are other days that are much bet­ter,” New­man said. “You feel as though you’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life. You take it day by day.”

He said his work as a para­medic has made him a much more cau­tious per­son at home. He of­ten sees thing around the house that re­mind him of calls he’s re­sponded to and he’s al­ways ner­vous and more ob­ser­vant with his chil­dren.

“I don’t take any chances with any­thing around the house. I guess I’ve be­come a wor­rier,” he said. “Some­times my wife will go to Monc­ton and I’m al­ways ques­tion­ing her about the weather.”

Mike New­man

John Camp­bell

Carla Mid­dle­burg

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