Sir Galahad on horse

Forging the Shield: Behind the Creation of The Shield Journal

Last updated on January 10th, 2022

In Arthurian Romance, the mysterious wizard Merlin prophesized to King Uther Pendragon that a noble youth named Galahad would soon be born, who would then save the Kingdom from evil and usher in a state of blessedness. Sure enough, in due time, the child was born of dubious parentage. Despite having grown up shielded from…

Renfrew paramedics prepare to go on a call

‘Visionaries in rural paramedicine’: Renfrew County Paramedic Services Named Local Hero of the Year for 2020

Last updated on December 21st, 2021

It has been an unprecedented year for paramedics and other emergency medical personnel. Not only are paramedics tasked with keeping up with the demanding tasks required of their jobs on a day-to-day basis, but they are also working tirelessly to keep our communities safe during a global pandemic. Perhaps no one understands this struggle more…

A young Graham Christie stands beside his ambulance

Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Goes Viral After Emotional Final Sign-Off

Last updated on December 21st, 2021

On Dec. 17, 2020, Hastings-Quinte paramedic Graham Christie signed off for the final time after 50 years of dedicated service to the emergency medical community. “4363, 79242 signing off.” After a brief pause, the dispatcher’s voice came over the radio. “Paramedic Graham Christie, today we celebrate your life dedication to the paramedic profession with your…

Building a Brighter Future: Students and educators remain optimistic about the future of Canadian policing amid #BLM criticism

Last updated on March 21st, 2022

When 26-year-old Kimberly Tennant first applied to the Police Foundations program at St. Lawrence College, job stability was at the top of her mind. At the time, she planned on working in border services or private security; however, almost two years later, Tennant is now on her way to graduation and says her direction has…

The Shield Journal: Community Safety Grant – Lanark Highlands Fire Department

Last updated on November 24th, 2021

On Aug. 24, The Shield Journal awarded its first Community Safety Grant to the Lanark Highlands Fire Department (LHFD) in the Township of Lanark Highlands, ON. The Department was awarded just over $3,000 to purchase a brand new Galaxy GX2 Automated Test System. This unit is used to detect the presence of Carbon monoxide (CO),…


Last updated on December 20th, 2021

Winner: Mathieu Lemery Nominated by: Luc Lemery Congratulations to one of our First Responders of the Year for 2020: Volunteer Firefighter Mathieu Lemery, with the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department. Mat was nominated by his father, Luc Lemery. “He is young and devoted to the community,” says Luc, “He is very dedicated and takes his work seriously,…