EMS team receives Stars of Life award
ANNAPOLIS — Training, training and more training, is how Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services Director Scott Haas described how his department stays calm and collected in the most intense of situations it faces.
Recognized for their lifesaving work responding to an injured sheriff’s deputy in December, members of the county’s EMS team were invited to Annapolis to receive the Director’s Award for Excellence in EMS award presented by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) on Wednesday, May 24. In addition to EMS staff, that team also included members of the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department and law enforcement officers.
The week of May 21–27 is nationally recognized as EMS Week and was authorized in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, according to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians website.
This year, the theme is “EMS Strong: Always in Service.” This year’s theme reflects the idea that EMS providers work as a strong, dedicated team with a true calling and drive to help others in need.
Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation declaring this as EMS Week in Maryland.
“Maryland’s emergency medical service workers
provide vital support for our citizens and save the lives of Marylanders each and every day,” said Hogan. “I congratulate the deserving recipients of these awards for their dedication and commitment to helping those in need and making a difference in their communities.”
Surrounded by fellow EMS providers from throughout the State of Maryland, first responders were honored with a variety of awards during the annual Stars of Life ceremony for life-saving heroism.
“The citizens of Maryland should be proud of their emergency medical services personnel and join me in congratulating them on a job well done,” said Richard Alcorta, acting co-executive director of MIEMSS. “I applaud the courage, the expertise, the dedication and compassion that all the men and women of Maryland’s EMS system deliver on a daily basis.”
The teamwork and efficient management of their response system aided in saving the life of Dfc. Warren “Scott” Hogan of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.
The event, as recounted in the awards listing:
On Dec. 29, 2016, Dfc. Scott Hogan, of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department, was shot while responding to a domestic violence call. Queen Anne’s County dispatchers immediately launched multiple resources and additional law enforcement to assist with the call. While he attempted to remain calm and control his bleeding, Deputy Hogan updated incoming units of the incident and relayed crucial information that helped EMS prepare for the scene. Firefighters and EMTs from the Department of Emergency Services as well as volunteer companies arrived, triaged, and quickly began life-saving interventions. Maryland State Police Aviation Command transported Deputy Hogan to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he received multiple surgeries. These responding providers coordinated a “systems approach” to ensuring Deputy Hogan received the right treatment and transport to the right hospital, within the right amount of time to sustain his life.
Those recognized are as follows: Sgt. Greg Harrison, FF/ PM Michael Miller, FF/PM Travis Thomas, FF/PM Nicole Menchey, FF/PM Alexander McLennan, PSD Debra Shelton, PSD William McKercher, Sgt. Kevin Carson, Lt. Brian Willey, Tfc. Brian Duell, Tfc. Timothy Graham, pilot Aaron Clarke, Pilot Jim Perez, Asst. Chief Stephen Hurlock, Cpt. Brett VanZant, FF/EMT Dale Whitby, Jr., FF Donald Hodges, FF Shawn Rideout, Cpt. James Hurlock, Asst. Chief Eric Meredith, Lt. Jayson Nagel, FF Billy Elborn, FF Jayden Wilson, Lt. Tricia Hunter, Cpt. Kathie King and EMT Caitlyn Leager.
Harrison, who lead the medical unit during Hogan’s injury situation, said every person involved had a job and executed it, and that it was a total team effort. He said the tactical training the group had received made a huge difference.
Haas said the honor is about the highest award an EMS provider can receive, adding the group should be proud of what they received
Haas said the citizens of Queen Anne’s County have an excellent, “top notch” group of individuals responding to them daily.
“I’m a little prejudiced on that, but we’ve taken a long time to build a system, and the system, all the labor that we’ve put into it, paid off for this call,” Haas said.
“If it wasn’t for everybody doing their role it wouldn’t have turned out the way it did,” Haas said, recalling the severe situation Hogan was in.
Each person or group was nominated and winners were chosen by an 11-person EMS board appointed by the governor.
“With the efforts of saving lives and minimizing disability and injury, it’s clearly the focus of each and every one of you in this room and the care that is delivered to them saves lives every day,” Alcorta said.
In a post on its Facebook page Wednesday, Church Hill VFD congratulated its members who were honored.
“Our members on the scene that night along with EMS providers from Queen Anne’s County DES EMS, Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, Crumpton VFD, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Chestertown Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office handled the situation like the professionals they are. Although the effort to save both lives in this situation was unsuccessful, the responders operated as a team in an effort to provide the best emergency medical care to the fullest extent possible,” the post reads.
Members of Queen Anne’s County EMS team were recognized for their life-saving work in December when a sheriff’s deputy was shot on a domestic call. The team was honored at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems annual EMS awards ceremony in Annapolis on Wednesday, May 24.