Bermuda’s emergency services personnel, including emergency medical technicians, the Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Fire Service and the Bermuda Police Service received honorary awards last night at CableVision’s tenth annual “Salute to Service” Banquet.

The Rollin Nathan Community Award was presented to the Family Centre’s Executive Director Martha Dismont who has spearheaded a number of programmes to assist families and children at risk.

The $100-a-plate event, held at Fairmont Southampton, was attended by a number of local dignitaries and guests, including the Governor, George Fergusson and Premier Michael Dunkley. Also invited to deliver a tribute was former Premier Sir John Swan.

Entertainment was provided by the Bermuda Institute School Choir and the Filipino Dancers, with music provided by NightLife.

Company CEO Terry Roberson said the various organisations honoured this year are “vital to our well-being”.

“The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency Medical Technicians, Bermuda Police Service and the Bermuda Regiment all go beyond the call of duty every day,” said Mr Roberson.

“They were selected this year because of their unwavering commitment to the community. All of these organisation are there for us when we need them the most. We congratulate our winners!”

The Community Service Award programme began in December 2004.

“Since then, we have celebrated many dedicated, selfess men and women from all walks of life who have the same goal of making Bermuda better, one person at a time,” Mr Roberson said.

“For such a small island, it is remarkable how many heroes there are,” he added.

By Ceola Wilson