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June 14, 2011

Outstanding Efforts of Emergency Medical Community Cited

Oswego - Emergency medical services providers throughout Oswego County were recognized recently for their outstanding service at the fourth annual Emergency Medical Services Awards Banquet at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC), which organized the event, expressed appreciation for the major sponsors of the EMSAC Awards Banquet. This year's Gold sponsors were Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter's) and Entergy Nuclear. Silver sponsors included Constellation Energy and ECI (Emergency Consultants), Inc. Oswego Health and Uniforms Etc. were Bronze sponsors.

Robert Bacon, a graduate of SUNY Oswego and a veteran firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician in New York City, was the keynote speaker for the evening. He spoke about his experiences with FDNY during 9/11, and told Oswego County emergency medical services personnel to "always expect the unexpected" and "complacency can be your enemy." September 11 was a game changer, he said, and although many FDNY firefighters lost their lives, it was one of the most successful rescue operations in history.

Bacon is currently assigned to Engine 79 of the FDNY in the Bronx. A 12-year member of the department, he was assigned to Engine 39 on the Upper East Side in Manhattan during 9/11. He has been a volunteer with the New City Fire Department for 22 years and is a former EMT-D (Emergency Medical Technician), serving now as a CFR-D (Certified First Responder).

The single Life-Saving Award at the 2011 banquet was presented to North Shore Volunteer Emergency Squad and Constantia Fire Department for their efforts in saving the life of a 47-year-old woman with a cardiac arrest. The patient was released from the hospital four days after the incident. Participating on the call were AEMT-CC Marty Spink, AEMT-CC Kathy LaVigne, EMT David Metott, EMT Corey Whitney, and Firefighter David LaVigne.

This year two telecommunicators from the Oswego County E-911 Communications Center received EMS Communicator of Excellence. Sue Buske was cited as "an excellent telecommunicator and supervisor" for her work in running the department's Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program. "Sue has shaped the program into one focused on improvement and cooperation, taking time to research calls to bring to the group," a member of EMSAC explained. "Sue has been the new spearhead of the CQI program for over a year, increasing trust among agencies and improving communications behind the scenes."

E-911 Telecommunicator Carolyn Nicholson received the EMS Communicator of Excellence Award for her efforts as call-taker for an unconscious 9-year-old girl. The mother had called 911. "Due to Carolyn's calm demeanor and flawless execution of her duties, the incident was handled professionally and smoothly," the EMSAC member noted.

The Donald F. "D.J." Ketcham Jr. BLS Provider of the Year was presented to an Oswego County Emergency Medical Technician trained in basic life support. The award is named in honor of the first recipient, "D.J." Ketcham, a member of EMSAC as well as Novelis Emergency Squad and Oswego County Ambulance Service. The award was presented to Diane Thompson, EMT-B of West Monore Fire Department and SOVAC Ambulance. "Diane's 20 years of volunteer service with SOVAC and West Monroe VFD has built her a reputation as a provider that can be counted on in any situation and who is always in the right place at the right time," the EMSAC member noted. "Diane enjoys taking initiative on scenes to make operations run smoothly, as well as being a role model to new EMTs."

The ALS Provider of the Year Award is presented to an EMT who has stood out for Advanced Life Support care. David Potter, AEMT-P with Oswego County Ambulance Service, received the award. "DJ Potter is an excellent asset to Oswego County EMS," the EMSAC member said. "DJ is dedicated to his profession, willing to help his fellow providers in the field and staff at Oswego Emergency Department when requested."

Dana Oliver, Certified Course Instructor for Oswego County and a paramedic, received the Michael E. McDonald EMS Educator of the Year Award. "His classes have exceptionally high success rates with state written exam results above the state average," the EMSAC member said. "Dana's teaching skills are highly valued by his students and the county." The Educator of the Year Award is named in honor of Michael E. McDonald, a valued Oswego County EMS instructor for many years.

Two awards are presented to professionals at Oswego Hospital who work Oswego County's emergency medical services professionals. Deborah Jones, RN in the Oswego Hospital Emergency Department, received the Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence. "Deborah is not only an RN, but also an educator, compassionate caregiver and a team player in the ER," the EMSAC member said. "As a charge nurse, Deborah is in constant control of her department, insisting on doing the right thing for her patients, follow nurses, doctors and EMS."

The 2010 Physician of Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Eve Williams of Oswego Hospital. "Eve is a very professional, caring and compassionate doctor with both her patients and fellow staff members," the EMSAC member noted. "She always converses with her nurses regarding their patient's care and ensures that the patient gets the right treatment."

Two Exceptional Service Awards were presented at the 2011 banquet. The first went to Fulton Fire Department Firefighter-EMTs Shane Laws and John McGraw for their successful delivery of a baby in the parking lot of the Fulton Urgent Care Center. Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie and Oswego Police Sergeant Damian Waters received an award for their efforts in saving two fishermen who were swept down the Oswego River during high water.

The EMSAC Banquet Committee has already begun planning next year's event, which will be held during Emergency Medical Services Month. Information on nominations for EMS providers for their efforts is available by contacting County EMS Coordinator James Jones at 591-9110.

2010 Life Saving Award - North Shore Volunteer Emergency Squad and Constantia Fire Department received a Life Saving Award during the recent Emergency Medical Services Awards Banquet. Those who played a role in saving a life were, from left, David Metott, Marty Spink, David LaVigne, Corey Whitney, Kathy LaVigne, and County EMS Coordinator Jim Jones, presenting the award.


Noted paramedic - David J. Potter, AEMT-P of Oswego County Ambulance Service, left, accepts the 2010 ALS Provider of the Year award from County EMS Coordinator Jim Jones, who stood in for Norm Wallis, Chairman of the Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.


Honored for service - Diane Thompson, EMT-B, of West Monroe Fire Department and SOVAC Ambulance, accepts the Donald F. "D.J." Ketcham Jr. BLS Provider of the Year Award from Jim Jones, County EMS coordinator. The award is given to an emergency medical technician who has demonstrated dedication and skill as a basic life support provider.


Outstanding call-taker - Carolyn Nicholson, telecommunicator with the Oswego County E-911 Communications Center, received the EMS Communicator of Excellence Award for her efforts during a call from the mother of an unconscious 9-year-old girl during the 2011 EMS Awards Banquet.


Spearheading quality - Sue Buske, telecommunicator with the Oswego County E-911 Communications Center, accepts the EMS Communicator of Excellence Award from County EMS Coordinator Jim Jones. She was honored for spearheading the center's Continuous Quality Improvement Program.


RN of Excellence - Deborah Jones, RN, of Oswego Hospital Emergency Department, received the 2010 Registered Nurse of Excellence Award for her efforts during the 2010 calendar year. Looking on is County EMS Coordinator Jim Jones. Dr. Eve Williams, the 2010 Physician of Excellence recipient, could not attend the banquet as she was called back to work at the Oswego Hospital Emergency Department that evening.


Fulton Firefighters thanked - Fulton Fire Department Firefighters-EMTs John McGraw, left, and Shane Laws, center, received one of two Exceptional Service Awards during the 2010 EMS Awards Banquet. Looking on is County EMS Coordinator Jim Jones.


Exceptional Service noted - Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie, left, and Oswego Police Sergeant Damian Waters, center, received an Exceptional Service Award during the 2010 Emergency Medical Services Awards Banquet. Looking on is County EMS Coordinator Jim Jones, who presented the awards.


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