(Calhoun, Ga) — Two Gordon EMS Paramedics were honored for their work during the Region One EMS Council Awards Banquet held recently in Rome.
Paramedic Paul Lowe was named Region One Medic of the Year, while veteran Paramedic Don Taylor was co-winner of the Dr. James H. Creel Jr. EMS Pioneer Award, according to Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor.
“We are very proud of Paul and Don for their accomplishments, not only for Gordon EMS but for the entire region,” Taylor said. “They are very deserving of this recognition.”
The banquet was hosted by Floyd Medical Center and held at the Rome Civic Center. Region I EMS is a government agency responsible for overseeing ambulance and medical first responder operations in a 16-county region, and is part of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services.
According to award criteria, the recipient of the Danny Hall Memorial Region One Medic of the Year award is a cardiac technician or paramedic employed by a Region One EMS Service or licensed first responder service that meets or exceeds the following standards:
- Compliance with acceptable standards of patient care;
- Adherence to local and/or regional treatment protocols;
- Accuracy, completeness, legibility, and timeliness of required records;
- Willingness to accept assignments outside normal duties;
- Previous awards and recognition by peers;
- Activities to improve EMS program’s visibility in the community;
- Self-improvement efforts, including continuing education and training programs;
- Involvement, on a voluntary basis, in community activities;
- Leadership ability;
- Professionalism exhibited by personal conduct, attitude toward patients and others, personal appearance, initiative, honesty and integrity, resourcefulness, and ability to function effectively in stressful situations;
- Sustained high job performance ratings by employer.
“Paul exemplifies all of these criteria,” Taylor said. “He truly is a great example for other paramedics to follow.”
The purpose of the Dr. James H. Creel, Jr., EMS Pioneer Award is to reward individuals for their unselfish contributions to the conception, development, and enhancement of EMS in Region One during the early 1970s when EMS was becoming a recognized medical profession, Taylor explained.
“Don began his career in EMS with the original Gordon County Ambulance Service in June of 1975,” Taylor said. “It is without a doubt that Don Taylor’s dedication, caring and gentle demeanor has affected the lives of a great many people over the years, and he has also affected the growth and direction of public safety in this region in a very direct and personal way.”
The region awards followed the Gordon EMS Service Awards Banquet held at Trinity Baptist Church in February. Winners on the local level included:
- Trauma Call of the Year – Michael Payne and Derek Harp
- EMT of the Year – Doug Hite
- Paramedic of the Year – Paul Lowe
- 110% Award – Sharon Smith