MONTPELIER, Vt. - EMS providers will be honored Thursday at the Vermont Statehouse.
A press release says about 3,000 EMS providers will be honored as part of National EMS week celebrations.
“The rural nature of our state and the relatively small size of most communities makes it one of the toughest places in the nation to offer fast, reliable and high-level EMS services,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, who worked as an emergency room physician for more than 20 years in Rutland. “EMS is a key component of our public health efforts and everyone associated with emergency medicine respects and appreciates the work they do.”
The Annual EMS Award winners were also recognized in a range of categories. These awards aim to recognize outstanding dedication and service by agencies and individuals.
This year’s winners are:
- First Response Service of the Year: Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company
- Ambulance Service of the Year: Richmond Rescue
- Basic Life Support Provider of the Year: Mariah Whitcomb of Thetford Fire Department
- Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year: Leslie Lindquist of St. Michael’s College Rescue
- EMS Educator of the Year: William Mapes of Regional Ambulance.