8th Annual EMS Awards Banquet - Red Clay Room, Kennett Square
Thursday, May 24, 2012
On Thursday May 24, 2012 the Chester County Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. held its 8th annual EMS Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the Kennett Fire Company’s Red Clay Room. The evening started with welcome remarks from Council President Leo Scaccia. President Scaccia then led the crowd of 360 in attendance with the Pledge of Allegiance. Opening remarks were provided by Edward J. Atkins, Director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. Past EMS Council President Robert Hotchkiss presented and recognized the “Table of Honor” for all our fallen comrades that could not attend. All three Commissioners, Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone, and Ryan Costello, were in attendance to join in recognizing our award recipients. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner prepared by Capozzoli catering. After dinner it was on to the reason we had all gathered, the awards recognition! To start off the awards section of the evening, Commissioners Cozzone and Costello presented the EMS Proclamation for 2012 EMS Week Celebrations. The awards started with the past year’s Clinical Save Commendations presented by Robert Girardeau of Good Fellowship Ambulance. This award is presented to emergency services personnel who were involved in a pre-hospital clinical save of a patient who was initially pulseless and apneic; ALS or BLS interventions or treatment was rendered and the patient was discharged from the hospital. There were 17 calls recognized for this award; which included 106 recipients from EMS, Fire, police, and the civilians involved. There were three citizens awards presented in conjunction with this year’s clinical saves; Claire Lindelow, Paula Pennington, and Taylor Consiglio were recognized for their involvement. Four calls were recognized for the pre-hospital delivery of a baby in the field. Cathy Rawlings of Medic 93, Brandywine Hospital had the honor of presenting these awards. Receiving commendation for their Pre-Hospital Delivery were 12 EMS providers and one dispatcher, Brad Berry. The next awards presented were for the Life Saving Clinical Excellence. This award is presented to emergency services personnel who were involved in the saving of a patient’s life where signs were showing imminent danger of death; ALS or BLS intervention or treatment were rendered and the patient was discharged from the hospital. Fred Wurster, of Good Fellowship Ambulance presented the commendations of excellence to Matthew Eick, Lawrence Davis (Citizen), Michael Borrello, Donald Fry, David Meadows, David Shainline, Jason Brooks, and Rebecca Scura. The last Life Saving Clinical Excellence awards were presented in conjunction with this year’s Medal of Valor. Receiving the clinical award were Joseph Badman, Brandon Scott, Jessica Heale, and Rory Mansfield. Receiving the Medal of Valor for 2012 were Eric Nowaczyk, Justin Clough, and Ronald Jones. The BLS Practitioner of the year, presented by Keith Johnson EMS Council Vice President, went to EMT Timothy N. Bossert. The ALS Practitioner of the year, presented by Jeff Gewertz EMS Council Board member, went to EMT-P Patrick J. Boyle. Telecommunicator of the year, presented by Frank Piscitello, EMS Council Secretary, went to Lori Weible. Frank Sullivan, EMS Council Treasurer, presented this year’s EMS Educator of the Year award to Frank Piscitello. Bill Wells Past President of the EMS Council presented John D. Applegate and Fred W. Wurster III the Distinguished Provider Award; this award recognizes a member of the EMS community who performs exceptional, valorous act, distinguished by extraordinary heroism or performance. Past Council President Bill Wohl presented this year’s Meritorious Service Award – EMS Leadership to H. Barclay Hargreaves III and Nam D. Truong for their leadership excellence in EMS and Chester County. The Robert Thompson Memorial Award, which is presented to an elected official that significantly contributes to the advancement of EMS within their local community or the Commonwealth as a whole. The late Robert Thompson was a former state senator and a Chester County EMS Council Board Member. President Leo Scaccia with the help of County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Ryan Costello, and Edward J. Atkins Director of Emergency Services presented the award to retired Pennsylvania State House of Representative Arthur D. Hershey. Good Fellowship Ambulance received this year’s Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to a Chester County Emergency Services organization which displays significant cooperation, outstanding performance, or the active promotion of teamwork and support of various EMS organizations in Chester County. President Leo Scaccia then recognized the past presidents of the EMS Council. Calling the past president all forward he presented them with a citation bar as past president to recognize their dedication and time in service to the organization. With all the past president remaining in the front of the room it was now time to award the highest honored award of the evening, The Margaret Hoover Brigham Award. President Scaccia presented the award to Past President Richard P. Stabler. Rick was truly surprised and a well deserving recipient for helping with the foundation of the Chester County EMS Council, Inc. The night ended President Scaccia thanking everyone for coming and charged the group with safe and productive year of caring for patients and our communities.