EMS team re­ceives Stars of Life award

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries - 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


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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