(Calhoun, Ga) — Gordon EMS officials announced this week that Paramedic Paul Lowe has been named Georgia’s Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.
The official announcement was made on Thursday, May 14 during the 2009 EMS Awards Banquet, hosted by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS) at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Lowe was selected from a field of 21 other nominees from across the state.
“Paul is very deserving of this state recognition,” said Courtney Taylor, director of Gordon EMS. “He certainly exceeds the criteria necessary to be named the state’s EMT of the Year.”
According to the award’s criteria, Georgia’s EMT of the Year is a licensed EMT or Paramedic who has contributed significantly to EMS at the community, regional and/or state level.
“‘Contributed significantly’ is defined as going far above and beyond the call of duty, whether in the direct delivery of patient care or in programs offered to the community that enhance the standing of EMS and/or the education of the public,” Taylor explained. “That sentence perfectly describes Paul.”
Lowe, a 19-year veteran in emergency medical services, began his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1987 and graduated from the Fire Academy in 1988. In 1990, he graduated from EMT school and continued his education by attending paramedic school in 1992 and he received his nursing degree in 2001 from Floyd College.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Lowe said. “It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers. I am thankful to my coworkers at Gordon EMS. I take much pride in knowing that I am a small part of the best EMS in Georgia"