Members of the Gordon EMS team were recently honored at the 2014 Gordon EMS Service Awards Banquet held at Trinity Baptist Church.
According to Courtney Taylor, director of Gordon EMS, among the 12 categories of awards presented during the evening were the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year Award, which was presented to Eric Boling, and the Paramedic of the Year Award, which went to Wayne Johnson.
"I am truly blessed to work among some of the finest people in the world who genuinely care about helping others and their community," says Taylor. "Our EMT and Paramedic of the Year recipients are perfect examples of medical professionals that consistently perform at their best, and I am honored that they choose to work for Gordon EMS."
Boling was chosen as EMT of the Year from nominations submitted by his peers. Those nominations are later reviewed by an awards panel of judges from Gordon Hospital, who do not know or work closely with them. They make the final decision for EMT of the Year, Taylor explained.
"Excerpts from Eric’s nominations stated that he is a phenomenal employee, has desire to bring positive outcomes for all of the patients in his care, has the ability to control his emotions in all situations, and remains calm and even keel no matter the situation,” he added. “One also mentions they would ‘trust my life in his care."
Paramedic of the Year Wayne Johnson was described as one of the best in the field.
"Excerpts from his nomination included that skills, knowledge, and experience come together in Wayne and that he would do all he could do to save a life, not just for the job, but because he genuinely cares," Taylor said. "Gordon Hospital and Gordon EMS is blessed to have him on our team."
The Rookie of the Year Award, which is presented to an individual that best represents excellence in the performance of their duties in their first year of service with Gordon EMS, went to Amber Bradford.
"Amber’s nominations made mention of her wealth of knowledge, exceptional skills, ability to provide high quality care, and how she immediately fit into our team," Taylor said.
Other awards presented included:
Length of Service Award (presented to individuals for the length of time they have served in public safety in five-year increments): Amber Bradford, 10 years, Bill Hardy, 15 years, and Sherry Peace, 20 years.
New Life Award (presented to EMS personnel who assisted in the delivering of a child in the field): Marcus Desmond and Terry Mobbs.
Heart Saver Award (presented to individuals who played an integral part in a cardiac arrest where the patient survived to leave the hospital): Mark Bramblett and Josh Townsend, Shane Roberts and Hugh Holcomb, and Amber Bradford and Kelsey Bannister.
Leadership Award (presented to an individual who has been promoted to leadership within the last year and became an EMS Service Leader): Marcus Desmond.
Leader of the Year Award (presented to an individual who was nominated by their peers as a leader in the service): Captain Stacey Koonce.
110% Award (presented to an individual who goes above and beyond on a continual basis): Chad Huff.
Meritorious Service Award (presented to an individual, who, while in the course of their duty performed in an exemplary manner and in holding the highest standards of EMS): Captain Mark Bramlett.
Dedication to Profession Award: Joan Minten, the second recipient of this award.
Participation Award (presented to individuals for their willing participation in special events and/or groups that further the cause of EMS and our community) was given to EMS staff members present at the banquet.