Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mayor Honors UNM Official for Service.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Garrett Ordower Journal Staff Writer

Mayor Jim Baca presented John Gaffney with a certificate naming him a "Guardian of the City" this week.

But Gaffney as a firefighter, police officer and emergency medical technician has been a guardian of New Mexico for more than 25 years.

Gaffney, director of emergency management services and disaster medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, got the certificate in recognition of winning the 2000 EMT/Paramedic of the Year Award from the state Department of Health.

"I just wanted to let John and the hospital know that quite often we don't recognize the work people do for the city of Albuquerque," Baca said. …

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