The Southeastern EMS Directors Association kicked off its 18th annual Emergency Medical Services Conference with its first annual EMS Awards Banquet at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Emergency responders from all over southeast Tennessee and beyond converge on the Choo-Choo every year for what has become one of the largest EMS symposiums in the state.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service was recognized and received three awards. Multiple submissions for different award categories were sent in and judged by an independent group of judges. The first award Bradley County received was the Medical Call of the Year presented to Critical Care Paramedic Chris Painter, Paramedic Nick Laney, and Emergency Medical Technician Chris Ballard. The award was presented by Robby Tester, Erlanger Lifeforce director. They were recognized for their heroic efforts in the successful CPR save of Joan Brewer on Sept. 12, 2013. The Pediatric Call of the Year was the second award Bradley County EMS received for the night. It was presented to EMT Winston Wright, Paramedic JR First, Critical Care Paramedic Chris Painter, and Paramedic Matt Wittmaier. The award was presented by Joel Dishroon, the pediatric outreach educator at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The award was for the response to a bicycle accident on April 10, 2013 involving then 11-year-old Jeffery Hussey.
EMS Region 3 in Southeast Tennessee has 26 licensed ambulance services. Bradley County Emergency Medical Service was selected as the Service of the Year for this region. EMS Chief Danny Lawson proudly accepted the beautiful crystal vase trophy presented by Debra Cox, the Region 3 EMS Consultant.
“We have strived as a service to provide the best care possible to our patients for over 30 years. The men and women who provide this care is why our EMS service is of the caliber that it is today,“ said Danny Lawson, EMS chief.