GAEMS Profiles in Public Service

The 2009 GAEMS Awards Banquet, hosted each year by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS), was held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA last night on Thursday May 14, 2009.  "There were many winners at our annual awards banquet, but the EMS community and state as a whole should be proud of those that are doing so much for our profession. I personally had the opportunity to see many of the nomination packages for each award, and Georgia is very fortunate to have this caliber of personnel and services.  I remain extremely proud to be associated with the best group of people serving our state,” said GAEMS Chairman Courtney Terwilliger.

 

Keith Wages, of GAEMS, was the recipient of the 2009 Chairman’s Award.  This award is presented each year at the discretion of the GAEMS Chairman in recognition of that individual’s hard work and commitment to the entire EMS industry in Georgia.  

 

Angela Waagen and Jordan Allred, of Cherokee County Fire and EMS were the recipients of the 2009 Dr. Joesph E. Simon Pediatric Award of Excellence.  The purpose of this award is to provide recognition and appreciation to a pre - hospital provider within Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services system that has reduced the mortality of pediatric patients in the pre - hospital setting.  This award ensures that those who work in the pre - hospital environment are aware of the effects that their knowledge and skills have in the overall positive outcome of Georgia’s pediatric citizens.

 

Kim Martin, of the Gainesville – Hall County SafeKids Chapter was the recipient of the 2009 Joe Lane Cox Excellence in EMS Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize a worthy individual who is not employed in EMS, but has, like Joe Lane Cox, unselfishly donated their time and efforts to continue the improvement of EMS in Georgia’s EMS Regions as well as at the state and/or national levels.

 

Oglethorpe County EMS was the recipient of the 2009 Mary Beth Bowns Excellence in Trauma Care Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize  an individual or organization in the State of Georgia for their outstanding delivery of care to critically injured patient and has affected positive change in Georgia’s trauma care system.

 

Brice Patterson of Columbus Fire and EMS was the recipient of the 2009 Dr. Zeb L. Burrell Jr. Distinguished Service Award.  This purpose of this award is to reward an individual in Georgia for their outstanding contribution to the development of the delivery of pre – hospital emergency medical care.  The recipient of this award should typify the high ideals, irreproachable character, and unselfish dedication to EMS that was typical of the namesake of the recipient, Dr. Zeb Burrell, of Athens. 

 

Pete Quinones of Metro Atlanta Ambulance was the recipient of the 2009 Dr. John B. O’Neal III Medical Services Pioneer Award to recognize his unselfish contributions to the development of Georgia’s EMS community during the early 1970s and his continued commitment to the EMS community since that time.  

 

Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. of Elbert County EMS was the recipient of the 2009 Charles B. Gillespie M.D. Distinguished Georgia EMS Medical Director Award.  This award is presented each year to the physician who has served consistently as an EMS medical director in a single Georgia region or community for no less than 5 years.  This is the only award by GAEMS exclusively for a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. 

 

Paula Carter, of Columbus Fire and EMS, was the recipient of the 2009 GAEMS Educator of the Year Award.  This award is presented to an EMS educator that has contributed significantly to EMS education at the community, regional, and state level.  Paula has consistently demonstrated her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in providing excellent education and training to EMS professionals in Georgia. 

 

Alonzo Ford, of Peach County EMS, received the Georgia Association of 2009 GAEMS Director of the Year Award.  This award is presented by GAEMS to a current Georgia EMS director who has contributed greatly through their leadership in EMS at the community, regional, and state level.  This person is heavily involved in the direct delivery of patient care and programs offered to the community that enhance the standing of the EMS industry in the eye of the general public.  

 

Paul Lowe, of Gordon County EMS, received the 2009 GAEMS Emergency Medical Technician of the Year Award.   This award is presented to a currently licensed Georgia EMT – B, EMT – I, CT, or Paramedic that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the performance of their duties at the local, regional, and state level.  

 

Redmond Regional Medical Center EMS in Rome Georgia received the 2009 Georgia Association of EMS Medical Service of the Year Award.  This award is presented to a currently license Georgia emergency medical service which exemplifies outstanding professionalism to the community it serves, going above and beyond the call of duty in the direct delivery of patient care and in programs offered to the community. 

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