Local conservation officer receives provincial honour

Johnny Petryshyn, conservation officer, Preeceville branch received a Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal on November 3.

Inspector Phil Decker of the Conservation Officers Service with the ministry of environment presented the medal to Petryshyn.

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Due to COVID-19 no formal award ceremonies were able to take place. The Protective Services Medal is awarded to those with 25 years of service or more in recognition of exemplary service in support of the safety and security of citizens in the Province of Saskatchewan.

Petryshyn began his career in 1991 as a resource officer trainee in Hudson Bay. He continued on with his career at Battlefords Provincial Park, Pike Lake Provincial Park and eventually acquired his permanent posting in Southend from 1996 to 2000.

During the summer of 2000 he was able to transfer to Preeceville where he has continued to work.

Petryshyn also received an Exemplary Services Medal in 2019.

Established in 2003, the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal recognizes exemplary long service for individuals working in a direct capacity to protect people and/or property, and supervisory personnel in the public service sectors who ensure the safety, security and protection of Saskatchewan citizens, according to the Government of Saskatchewan website.

These individuals set high standards and strive for excellence in their duties so everyone in Saskatchewan can live safe and secure lives. The Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal honours protective services providers and focuses attention on the efforts and work of police, fire and emergency professionals, and others working in the field of safety and security.

Recipients receive a circular medal surmounted by the St. Edward's Crown. It bears a shield with a lion on a stylized western red lily and the motto Qui civitatem tuentur (who guard the citizenry). It is suspended from a ribbon of green with two narrow gold stripes, the provincial colours. Recipients also receive a miniature of the medal and a certificate. The Lieutenant Governor or designate usually present the medal to recipients.