High River Fire Chief Receives Exemplary Service Medal


High River, AB-His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented honours to more than 150 remarkable Canadians being recognized for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service.

The second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal was presented to Mr. Len Zebedee, High River Fire Department Fire Chief, in recognition of his 40 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Canada’s wide range of Exemplary Service Medals (ESM) recognize the men and women dedicated to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service. Six medals are awarded in fields of endeavour involving potential risk: the Canadian Coast Guard ESM, the Corrections ESM, the Emergency Medical Services ESM, the Fire Services ESM, the Police ESM and the Peace Officer ESM.

Foothills Member of Parliament John Barlow said he is extremely proud to see Chief Zebedee recognized for his dedication to High River and his commitment to the fire department and his family.

“I would like to congratulate Chief Len Zebedee of the High River Fire Department for this prestigious honour,” said Foothills MP John Barlow. “Len, his wife Pat, and his family have always been incredibly committed to the High River community and I can think of no one more deserving of the Exemplary Service Medal. I have known Len for more than 20 years and his passion for his family, his community and his job is unmatched. He has truly had an outstanding career and his selfless, tireless effort during the 2013 flood was an inspiration to us all.”

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to astronauts, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit http://www.gg.ca/honours.

John Barlow, MP