(Chatsworth, Ga.) — Members of the Murray EMS team were recently honored at the 2016 EMS Services Awards Banquet.
Among the seven categories of awards presented during the banquet were the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year Award, which was presented to Cody Kephart, and the Paramedic of the Year Award, which went to Jordan Parker.
“I want to thank each of you for what you do for Murray EMS,” said Doug Douthitt, deputy director of Murray EMS. “You are more than employees to me. You are my friends and my family.”
Kephart was chosen as EMT of the Year from numerous nominations from peers. This award is presented to an individual that best represents excellence in the performance of their duties as an EMT. Nominations are later reviewed by an awards panel of judges who do not work closely with the candidates and they make the final decision for EMT of the year.
Parker was chosen as Paramedic of the Year by multiple nominations as well. This award is presented to an individual that best represents excellence in the performance of their duties as a paramedic and the recipient is chosen in the same manner as EMT of the year.
The Rookie of the Year Award, which is presented to an individual that best represents excellence in the performance of their duties in their first year of service with Murray EMS, was received by Ashley Joyce. She is described as positive, a fast learner, and as an exemplary employee.
Other awards presented included:
Length of Service Award (presented to individuals for the length of time they have served in public safety in five-year increments): Nate Figuera, 5 years; Dale Stratton, 5 years; Leslie Greeson, 10 years; June Boutwell, 15 years; Ken Ogles, 30 years; and Doug Douthitt, 30 years.
New Life Award (presented to EMS personnel who assisted in the delivering of a child in the field): Mike Crews.
Public Appearance Award (presented to EMS personnel who received a commendation from the public or other public safety agencies based on actions they took on a dispatched call): Mike Crews.
Leadership Award (presented to an individual who has been promoted to leadership within the last year and became an EMS Service Leader): Chris Cline, Holly Evans, and Anthony Cronon.