Stokes County EMS recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
“It’s extremely hard for a rural service to get so I’m very proud of our people. They do a great job,” said recently retired Stokes County EMS Director, Greg Collins.
Collins was equally pleased to announce paramedics Stefanie Culler O’Brien and Andrew Morenus will be competing in the annual North Carolina Office of EMS Paramedic Competition in Greensboro.
“This is something Stokes County has been involved in for many years,” Collins said. “We’ve had several winners and they compete against other teams in the state.”
The competition showcases paramedics broad range of skill and knowledge, but the preparation requires an ample amount of studying which will benefit the community, Collins said.
“We’re excited to have another team back in the championship and we know they’ll do well.”
At the annual EMS/911 cookout, Collins recognized Chuck Hargrove as recipient of the Frank Roberts Glatz award.
“Frank was our first medical director who came on in 1979. He’s so much a part of our organization and an influential leader in our region,” Collins said. “Chuck has been an employee with the county for almost 30 years. He’s passionate about service to his community and his employees. He’s a great employee and a great supervisor.”
Abby Carmichael was named Stokes County EMS Employee of the Year.
“She’s one of our younger paramedics and very knowledgeable. She’s been up against some really tough situations and has performed outstanding.”
Carmichael was on call when 17-year-old Jason Messer fell 40 feet while hiking at Hanging Rock and ultimately passed away a month later.
“You’ll see some things in your career that you’ll always remember and that’s probably the case for her and that call,” Collins said. “She was up on the ledge taking care of a teenager that she actually knew. We have passion for people, but when you know the person, it’s elevates your attention and emotions.”
Landon Horton was awarded Stokes County EMS Rookie of the Year.
“He’s performing well and has grown tremendously. I believe he’s going to be an outstanding employee like many others,” Collins said.
Dixie Howell and Jesse David were recognized as Stokes County 911 Telecommunicator Shift of the Year and Howell Stokes County 911 Employee of the Year.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.