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July 10, 2015

Outstanding Efforts of Emergency Medical Community Cited

Oswego – Emergency Medical Services providers throughout Oswego County were recognized recently for their outstanding service in 2014 at the annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards banquet at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Oswego.

The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC), which organized the event, expressed appreciation for the major sponsors of the 2015 EMS awards banquet. This year’s gold sponsors were Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s), Entergy, and Exelon Generation. Uniforms Etc. was a silver sponsor, while Oswego Health was a bronze sponsor. Jeff Paquette of Paquette Photography donated the photos of the presentations.

Also during the awards ceremony, Oswego County Legislature Vice Chairman Linda Lockwood (District 11, Volney), chairman of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee, presented EMSAC with a proclamation designating Emergency Medical Services Week in Oswego County. Legislator Lockwood was joined by Legislators Margaret Kastler (District 1, Sandy Creek) and Amy Tressider (District 16, Oswego).

“First responders, emergency medical technicians and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day,” Legislator Lockwood read from the proclamation. “The members of EMS teams, both career and volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their life saving skills.” The proclamation by Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner urged the Oswego County community to observe the EMS week with the national theme of “EMS Strong.”

The banquet’s guest speaker, Dr. James Syrett of Oswego Health, told the group that while providers don’t make much money in the profession, “you’re in it because you enjoy it. You enjoy helping people.

“All these recipients honored tonight are worthy,” Dr. Syrett noted. “Many others are worthy who are not getting recognized.” He encouraged EMS providers to “take a chance … use your power and multiply your qualities.”

EMSAC Chairman Mike Montgomery, director of operations of SOVAC in Central Square, was master of ceremonies. He noted the providers recognized at the banquet were representative of the good work all EMS providers do in the Oswego County community.

EMSAC also honored the efforts EMS providers made in 2013. Certificates of recognition were being forwarded to the providers’ directors of operations.

The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council was chartered to assist emergency medical services agencies in Oswego County. Ambulance corps include Oswego Fire Department, Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s) in Fulton, Donald McFee Ambulance Service in Mexico, Northern Oswego County Ambulance (NOCA) in Pulaski, Southern Oswego County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SOVAC) in Central Square, North Shore Ambulance Squad in Cleveland, and Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SAVAC) of SUNY Oswego.


Advanced Life Support – Adam Arvidson (left), EMT-P, of North Shore Voluntary Emergency Squad, accepts the Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year Award for 2014 from Lyle Robbins of North Shore, chairman of the EMS Banquet Committee.

BLS Provider of the Year – Martin Van Buren (left), EMT-B, of McFee Ambulance Service, accepts the Donald F. “D.J.” Ketcham Jr. Basic Life Support Provider of the Year Award for 2014 from EMSAC Chairman Mike Montgomery. The BLS Award is sponsored by the family of D.J. Ketcham, a valued member of the EMS community before he passed away several years ago.

Cardiac patient saved – A crew from Oswego County Ambulance Service saved the life of a 31-year-old male in cardiac arrest during 2014, and was honored with a Life Saving Award during the EMS Awards Banquet. Above, EMT Jeffrey Brown accepts the award from corps Director of Operations Zach Menter. Also honored were Paramedic Stephen Sant and Paramedic Alexander Stevens.

Communicator receives award – Oswego County E-911 Communications Center Director Michael Allen presents the 2014 EMS Communicator of the Year Award to dispatcher Cassie McGinley of the center during the recent EMS Awards Banquet.

DEC, Constantia Fire honored – Sgt. Tony Panipinto of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police and members of the Constantia Fire Department were honored for their life saving actions for a 2-year-old male during 2014. Shown from left are Kathy LaVigne, EMC-CC; Lauren Baird, Firefighter; Deanna Baird, CFR; Michael Haynes, CFR; John Haynes, Constantia Fire Department Chief; Sgt. Panipinto, and Lyle Robbins of North Shore Ambulance Service, Chairman of the EMS Banquet Committee.

Emergency Management Director’s Award – Dale A. Currier, CEM, center, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, presents the Director’s Award for Outstanding Excellence for EMS Education to James Jones, left, former EMS Field Coordinator for Oswego County, as current EMS Field Coordinator John Barattini looks on. Jones served as the county’s EMS Coordinator from 2011 to 2014, following several years as EMSAC chairman.

EMS Leadership Award – Lyle Robbins, chairman of the EMS Banquet Committee for EMSAC, presents North Shore Volunteer Emergency Squad Director of Operations Kathy LaVigne with the 2014 EMS Leadership Award. Mrs. LaVigne has served at North Shore for many years and is a founding member of EMSAC.

EMTs cited for efforts – Emergency medical technicians with Oswego County Ambulance Service were honored for their life saving efforts on a call involving the delivery of a premature baby. Paramedic Gary Frisch, Paramedic James Pyke, EMT Jennifer Fassano, and EMT Stephen Parker were cited in the award. Above, from left, Fassano, Pyke and Frisch accept the award from Oswego County Ambulance Service Director of Operations Zach Menter.

Legislative Proclamation – From left, Oswego County Legislator Margaret Kastler, vice-chairman of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee; Legislature Vice Chairman Linda Lockwood, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee; and Legislator Amy Tressider, present Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner’s proclamation of EMS Week in Oswego County to EMSAC Chairman Mike Montgomery.

Life Saving for Menter’s crew – Paramedic Jordan Patrick, left, accepts a Life Saving Award from Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s) Director of Operations Zach Menter during the recent EMS Awards Banquet. Patrick, along with EMT James Gilman, Paramedic Howard Drake and AEMT Nicholas Cherchio, saved the life of a patient who collapsed running a race during Harborfest Weekend 2014.

Life Saving Award for McFee – Mike Solazzo, EMT-CC, accepts a Life Saving Award for McFee Ambulance Service from EMSAC Chairman Mike Montgomery during the annual EMS Awards Banquet.

Schroeppel patient saved – Paramedic Jeffrey Andrews, left, accepts a Life Saving Award from Oswego County Ambulance Service Director of Operations Zach Menter for his efforts to save a patient in cardiac and respiratory arrest in the Town of Schroeppel. Also honored were Medic Jeremy Loomis and Paramedic Supervisor Michael Zukovsky.

Skilled actions save patient – The aggressive and skilled actions of an Oswego County Ambulance Service crew saved the life of an 84-year-old male at the Fulton War Memorial in 2014. Accepting the Life Saving Award are, from the left, EMT Christina Smith, EMT-CC Michelle Rockwood, Paramedic Nathan Smith and EMT Joe Susino, from Director of Operations Zach Menter.

SOVAC crew cited – Paramedic Kristopher Ferrara, left, accepts a Life Saving Award for SOVAC from the patient whose life the crew saved during the annual EMS Awards Banquet. Paramedic Ryan Maichak, EMT Scott Scharoun, and EMT Daniel Lenox were also cited for the incident, after which the patient was able to return to his favorite activities within three weeks.

Special thanks for sponsors – EMSAC Chairman Mike Montgomery of SOVAC and EMS Banquet Committee Chairman Lyle Robbins thanked the gold sponsors and guest speaker at the recent EMS banquet in Oswego. From left are Montgomery; Zach Menter of Oswego County Ambulance Service; Deborah Heagerty representing Entergy; Joseph Westermann representing Exelon Generation; guest speaker Dr. James Syrett of Oswego Health; and Robbins.

EMS Educator of the Year – John Barattini, right, Oswego County EMS Coordinator, presents the Michael E. McDonald EMS Educator of the Year Award to Adam Howard, CIC, of Fulton Fire Department during the annual EMS Banquet.

RN of Excellence – Heather George, RN, of Oswego Health and McFee Ambulance Service, accepts the 2014 RN of Excellence Award from Mike Solazzo of McFee during the annual EMS Banquet. Solazzo, who nominated Ms. George, said she “exceeds the highest level of dedication and compassion in her field.”


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