EMS team re­ceives Stars of Life award

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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