Bradley County Emergency Medical Service has once again been nominated and won the 2014 EMS Star of Life Award. This program began six years ago by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children in Nashville. Bradley County has brought the winning trophy home five out of the six years since the inception of the program.
This year’s award winning call was for the lifesaving efforts put forth by first responders during a tragic bicycle crash on April 10, 2013. Jeffery Hussey at the time was 11 years old. He raced down a hill and entered the roadway crashing into the side of a minivan. He suffered a critical head injury and his prognosis was initially very poor. He survived the injuries and went through extensive rehab. He has made a miraculous recovery and is enjoying life.
Jeffery and his family attended the EMS Star of Life Award’s Ceremony in Nashville. Young Jeffery got to stand on the stage with all of the emergency responders who were all instrumental in saving his life. He also received the TEMSC Survivor’s Award.
Bradley County EMS was accompanied by three other emergency agencies that were also recognized for this outstanding response. Bradley County Fire and Rescue, Bradley County 911, and Erlanger Lifeforce were all presented with Star of Life pins and certificates.
"These types of calls are always a group effort. It takes everyone from our great 911 dispatchers who are the first to receive the calls to all of the supporting agencies to get the job done. We are truly blessed to live in a region with great emergency response resources like Bradley County Fire and Rescue and Erlanger Lifeforce" Stan Clark, EMS spokesperson.
“To see Jeffery standing on that stage makes everything that we do worthwhile. He is a prime example of why we do this job.” Stan Clark, EMS spokesperson.
“This week begins National EMS Week 2014. The EMS Star of Life Awards was a great way to kick things off. We are honored and humbled once again to receive this award. I am very proud of each and every one at our service for their dedication and tireless efforts to help others,” said Danny Lawson, EMS chief.
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 ceremony included a presentation of the actual adult and pediatric patient scenarios and reunited the EMS caregivers and other responders with the individuals they treated. Recipients were chosen from each of the eight EMS regions in the state. Bradley County EMS represents Region 3. This is the premier event that kicks off National EMS week (May 18-24) to recognize an honor our excellent pre-hospital providers.
Jeffery Hussey Jr. looks over the Certificate of Life that was presented to all of the survivors present at the ceremony