Dynarex is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 First Responder Caring Award! The winners were announced at the 2017 EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 18th. Our winners were carefully chosen by a select panel, and we’re honored to bring their exceptional contributions to light, as well as provide medical supplies for their institutions of choice.
INTRODUCING JULIE LAHR, OUR NATIONAL WINNER:
Julie is a community paramedic of Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team. Julie has shown innovation in her role as an EMS community paramedic, when she created a program to incorporate medical and mental health emergency services to address the mental health crisis in her county. We recognize Julie for her selfless dedication and are proud to have her as our first ever FRCA National Winner. Congratulations Julie!
INTRODUCING DREW LUBBER, OUR EAST COAST REGIONAL WINNER:
Congrats to Drew Lubber of Freehold Township Ind. Fire Company #1. This summer, Drew was walking his dog when he sprang into action to save the life of an unconscious woman, struggling to breathe. Drew’s efforts on and off duty shows his persistent dedication to the members of his community. Congratulations Drew!
INTRODUCING CORINA MARTINEZ, OUR SOUTHERN REGIONAL WINNER:
Congratulations to Corina Martinez, of League City Police department, our Southern Regional First Responder Caring Award Winner. Corina worked countless hours rescuing victims at all costs during and after Hurricane Harvey. She gave no thought to the damage of her own home but only how she could save victims in any way possible – including driving, walking, running and kayaking. Corina’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and we are proud to have her as our Southern Regional First Responder Caring Award Winner.
INTRODUCING THE EFFINGHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT, OUR MIDWEST REGIONAL WINNERS:
We are proud to award not one – but 5 – members of the Effingham Fire Department : Matt Kulesza, Jim Charters, Jason Lee, Lucas Kroening, Danny Klepzig as our Midwest Regional Winners of the First Responder Caring Award. These five firefighters sprang into action when a citizen was trapped under a semi-trailer. Using a forklift, quick reflexes and their coordinated training, the team worked together to get the victim out from under the semi-trailer and into an ambulance. The efforts of these 5 men exemplify courageous teamwork in a time of crisis. Congratulations Matt, Jim, Jason, Lucas and Danny as well as the entire Effingham Fire Department!
INTRODUCING SCOTT MONJI, OUR WEST COAST REGIONAL WINNER:
Congratulations to our West Coast Regional First Responder Caring Award Winner, Scott Monji of @HonoluluEMS! Scott has served as a dedicated paramedic of Honolulu for over 25 years. Through his personal hardships, Scott still devoted his time to educating the EMS Teams in his county on Rapid CPR and as a result, single-handedly changed the protocols for Cardiac Arrest in the state of Hawaii. Scott’s lifetime commitment to bettering the EMS practices in Hawaii is why he is our East Coast Regional Winner. Keep up the good work Scott!
We’d like congratulate all of the nominees: your contributions are equally recognized and worthwhile! Thank you for displaying your incredible heroism every day:
Caleb Lovett (Coble Fire Department – Medical Responders)
Kathee Lynne Ivey
Anthony Matuszky (Whitney Hostetter VFD)
Gary K. Fredrick (Bristol-Kendall F.P.D)
Debbie Singleton (South Jefferson Rescue Squad, Inc)
Alexis Miller (Calvary Ambulance)
Captain Jim Sellers & Bobby Spurlock
Matt Kulesza, Jim Charters, Jason Lee, Lucas Kroening, Danny Klepzig
L Jay Geist and Andover Fire-Rescue
Lisa M. Camp (Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Inc.)
Richard Rhodes (Abbeville Fire/Rescue)
Guillermo Perez Chagerben
T.A. Sampson (West Fork Arkansas Volunteer Fire Department)
Eric J. Nelson (Orleans Volunteer Fire Department)
Glenn Skala III
Erik Franco (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Malibu Search and Rescue
Gary Watts (Richland County Coroner\’s Office)
Jeffrey B. Dupan
North Milton Keynes and Villages Community First Responders
Steven A Munson
John Fortner and Victoria Ragoonath
Akron Fire Department and Akron Police Department
United Rescue Jersey City (Asheenia Johnson)
United Rescue Jersey City (Jeremy Goodin)
Douglas County Armour Ambulance Service
Kerstii Beatrice Groce
Chris Goshea (Alstead, Walpole, and Winchester Police)
Shane Spielvogle (North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue Community Paramedicine Program)
Joe Peters (Company: Adrian)
Kristel -Lynn Mock+A49ler (Norwood EMS/ Old Tappan FD)
Amanda Newby, Bob Bancroft, Kevin Garneau, Kevin Jones
Steve Plants (East Poweshiek Ambulance Service)
Chief Lonnie Kuhn (Corinth Volunteer Fire Department)
Corina Martinez (League City Police Department)
Dena M. Adkins (Skagit County Fire District 6)
Shawn Phillips (Tamaqua EMS Responder Company: Tamaqua Community Ambulance Assn, Inc)
RICKY KING / CHIEF (CENTRAL CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Captain Charles Cerrutti, Firefighters Liam Gilliland & Scott Martin (Marblehead Fire Department)
Charles Strokes (Rockingham Rescue)
Melodie Kolmetz (Bergen Fire Department, Inc.)
Kari Phair (Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (aka Summit EMS)
Medical Staff at Special Olympics Michigan
Barry Bachenheimer (Roseland Volunteer Fire Department)
Read the FRCA feature in the Herald&Review here – we’re so proud to bring your contributions to light, Effingham Fire Department!
We’re so proud of all of the FRCA winners – you are true heroes! Learn more about the amazing ceremony (and see more amazing pictures) HERE: