First responders recognized for life saving efforts

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- The Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Foundation has selected the City of Oak Ridge Fire Department along with Anderson County EMS and UT LifeStar to receive the 2015 EMS Star of Life Award for Tennessee EMS Region II. This award will be presented during the 7th annual EMS Star of Life Awards Dinner and Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on May 14th, 2015.

The ceremony includes a presentation of the actual adult or pediatric patient scenarios and reunites the EMS caregivers with the individuals they treated. Recipients are chosen from each of the eight EMS regions in the state. This is the premier event that will kick off EMS week within the state to recognize and honor our excellent prehospital providers.

Members are being recognized for their efforts in responding to a bicycle accident on Bethel Valley Road on March 30, 2014. The event required the teamwork and coordination of the Oak Ridge Fire Department, Anderson County EMS, and the University of Tennessee Lifestar Aeromedical team. All of the responders from each agency will be recognized for their efforts at the EMS Star of Life Awards Dinner and Ceremony in May. Those members are,

City of Oak Ridge Fire Department
Battalion Chief Marty Griffith, EMT-P, RN
Captain Eric Mocsari, EMT-P, RN
Firefighter/Engineer Steve London, EMT-P
Firefighter/Engineer Duane Chase, AEMT
Firefighter/Engineer Thomas Giles, AEMT

Anderson County EMS
Zach Panter, EMT-P
Natalie Waddell, EMT-P

UT LifeStar
Flight Paramedic Terry Neal, EMT-P/CC
Flight Nurse Gary Reams, EMT-P/CC, RN
Pilot Jason Lewis
Flight Coordinator Tim King, EMT-P
Flight Coordinator Fred Yahr, EMT-P

“This is a great example of training, teamwork, and professionalism all coming together at the right time when someone needed help. We are blessed to have some of the best trained emergency responders in our region and I am excited to see these responders receive this recognition for their service” stated Deputy Chief Josh Waldo.

The EMS Star of Life event is designed to honor the accomplishments of EMS personnel from all regions of Tennessee who provide exemplary life-saving care to adult and pediatric patients. The goal of the award is to recognize exceptional front-line care, with a focus on agencies and providers who are the initial care responders.