Eden Shirley was out on a call when she received the news.
The five-year veteran of Parkland Ambulance was one of the employees working nights during the company’s Christmas party.
Her friend sent her a text.
Shirley had been named employee of the year.
Parkland Ambulance management also reached out to congratulate her that night.
“I was really surprised. There are a lot of people who have more experience than me and have put more time in,” Shirley said. “I was humbled.”
Shirley is one of three Parkland Ambulance employees recognized for their efforts in 2016.
Second-year paramedic Elliot Haines won rookie of the year, and dispatcher Raeanne Detillieux was named telecommunicator of the year.
The awards are determined by the employees of Parkland Ambulance, not by management.
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