Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee recognized Van Buren County 911 Central Dispatch, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Piney Volunteer Fire Department, Van Buren County EMS and Erlanger Life Force Air Medical at the Tenth Annual Star of Life Awards Dinner and Ceremony as the State Award in Nashville at Rocketown. The mission of CECATN, the host of the Star of Life Awards, is to ensure that every child in Tennessee receives the best pediatric emergency care in order to eliminate the effects of severe illness and injury.
The Star of Life Awards are designed to honor Tennessee’s pre-hospital providers for their lifesaving care. The ceremony reunited the EMS personnel on stage with John Charles Blunt, a survivor of heart attack. As the narrative of the EMS call for saving baby Mr. Johnson’s life was read by Jennifer Kraus of NewsChannel 5, each provider received a Star of Life pin.
The evening recognizes these crews who are on the frontlines of emergency care. Below are the recipients for Region 4 Star of Life Award:
The ceremony reunited the EMS personnel on stage as the narrative of the EMS call for saving John Charles Blount’s life. As the narrative of the EMS call for saving Stacie’s life was read by Jennifer Kraus of NewsChannel 5, each provider received a Star of Life pin.
Brian Bricker, paramedic
Tiwanna Bricker, paramedic
Corey Guy, certified flight paramedic
Brent Measles, ranger
Robin Bayless, EMT-B, ranger
David Danz, firefighter
Joey Grissom, firefighter, AEMT
Will Maxwell, AEMT
Jeffrey Hill, AEMT
Colton Simmons, AEMT
Kaitlyn Parker, AEMT
Nicholas Abraham, CC paramedic
Gillian Roberts, ranger
Sean Cloud, dispatcher
Mashal Ruth, dispatcher
Mel Hughes, pilot
Juantia Brymer, dispatcher
Susan Musilli, RN
On September 23, 2017 John Blount was out enjoying the fall weather at Fall Creek Falls State Park. While he was on a bicycle ride, he started experiencing severe chest pain. He collapsed near the “B” campground area and bystanders saw what happened and started CPR. When rangers arrived they placed the AED on him and it advised a shock. This was delivered and Mr. Blount regained a pulse but was still in critical condition. Other park personnel responded with the rangers to assist with crowd control and medical care if needed.
Further medical care was provided by Piney Volunteer Fire Department and Van Buren County EMS before being transported emergently to Erlanger by Erlanger Life Force Air Medical.
Nominations for 2019 can be received from the public or healthcare providers. To nominate an EMS save, please refer to the nomination packet https://cecatn.org/star-of-life/.
The 2018 Star of Life Star Partner sponsor was Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, Erlanger LifeForce Air Medical and Erlanger Health Systems.