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
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.