Lisbon emergency worker to be honored

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LISBON — Pat Tardiff, a 32-year veteran of Lisbon Emergency Inc., a local nonprofit ambulance service, is among eight people across the state who will receive awards from the governor at the state Capitol on Thursday.

The annual Maine Emergency Medical Services awards ceremony honors individuals who make exemplary contributions to emergency medical services at the local, state and national levels.

Tardiff, who serves as deputy chief of the Lisbon service, began with the fledgling volunteer ambulance service in 1978, working out of her home as an unpaid volunteer, as were all volunteers at that time.

Tardiff will be one of three who will receive lifetime achievement awards during the ceremony.

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Over her 32 years with Lisbon Emergency, Tardiff became a licensed ambulance attendant, the service’s first female ambulance driver, its first female emergency medical technician and its first deputy chief. She has been teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation for most of that time.

She has also held down a job, first at the former Green Onion restaurant in Lewiston and later at Dingley Press, from which she retired three years ago.

She continues her work with Lisbon Emergency and is involved in a fundraising effort for a new building for the service, which she says is “almost like a 24/7 job.” The current building once housed the Lisbon Fire Station. It is about beyond repair, she said, and the goal is to tear it down and build a new, modern facility on the site.

Tardiff and her husband, Yves, of 46 years, have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Gov. John Baldacci and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Anne Jordan will be among those participating in the ceremony Thursday.

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