Lake EMS Training Officer Receives State Honor for Photo

Mike Hilliard, Lake EMS Paramedic/Training Officer

Mike Hilliard, Lake EMS Paramedic/Training Officer

Lake Emergency Medical Services is proud to announce that Michael R. Hilliard, Paramedic/Training Officer, was honored at the Florida State Department of Health, EMS Awards Ceremony held on July 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando. Michael Hilliard received the award for the Photo of the Year which is given to an individual or organization that best depicts this year’s National EMS Week theme: “EMS: Dedicated. For Life.”

EMS Dedicated For Life.

EMS: Dedicated for Life – Photo by Michael Hilliard

During his acceptance speech at the awards ceremony Wednesday evening, Michael Hilliard explained that his photograph echoes the National EMS Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado which honors EMS line of duty deaths. The memorial is a Tree of Life represented by an oak tree, which symbolizes the strength of the EMS profession. The name of each National EMS Memorial Service honoree that has passed, their agency, and the date of loss is engraved on a bronze oak leaf, which is then added to the Tree of Life.

Michael Hilliard also paid homage to his friends and colleagues in the EMS field who have passed, stating, “This photograph is dedicated to those who have been our friends, who have guided us in our ways, and who made an impact to the communities in which we serve. To Joe Dragojevich, to Brian Gibson, to David DeLand, to Don MacIntyre, and to Matt Jeton; thank you for your dedication to life and to your families who supported your endeavors.”

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Emergency Medical Services Week Celebrated in Lake County

At the Lake County Board of County Commissioners meeting on May 6, 2014, Commissioner Welton Cadwell, prefaced his reading of an EMS Week Proclamation by stating, “We see mention of Emergency Medical Services’ efforts in the news every day and I thank you for the great work you do.”

Commissioner Cadwell, who also serves as the chairman of the Lake Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors, read the proclamation, approved by the Board of County Commissioners, which proclaims the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “Emergency Medical Services Week in Lake County, Florida.” The proclamation speaks to the fact that EMS teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also points out that the EMS system is made up of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others.

Photographed May 6, 2014 at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. Pictured left to right are: (first four people are community partner in EMS, Lake County Fire Rescue staff):  Chief John Jolliff; Rolando Torres, Firefighter/EMT; Heather Bauchman, Firefighter/Paramedic; Lt. Matt Price. Center: Comm. Welton Cadwell. Lake EMS Staff: Major Charles Johnson; Eric Pence, Paramedic; Thomas “Mikel” Bliffen, EMT; John Simpson, Chief Operations Officer, Jerry Smith II, Executive Director.

Photographed May 6, 2014 at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. Pictured left to right are: (first four people are community partner in EMS, Lake County Fire Rescue staff): Chief John Jolliff; Rolando Torres, Firefighter/EMT; Heather Bauchman, Firefighter/Paramedic; Lt. Matt Price. Center: Comm. Welton Cadwell. Lake EMS Staff: Major Charles Johnson; Eric Pence, Paramedic; Thomas “Mikel” Bliffen, EMT; John Simpson, Chief Operations Officer, Jerry Smith II, Executive Director.

On hand to receive the EMS Week Proclamation from Commissioner Welton Cadwell and the Board of County Commissioners were Lake EMS personnel: Jerry Smith I, Executive Director; John Simpson, Chief Operations Officer; Thomas “Mikel” Bliffen, EMT; Eric Pence, Paramedic; and Major Charlie Johnson. EMS community partners from Lake County Fire Rescue staff were also present: Chief John Jolliff; Firefighters Rolando Torres, EMT, and Heather Bauchman, Paramedic; and Lt. Matt Price.

Mr. Smith thanked Comm. Cadwell and the Board of County Commissioners for recognizing the work of the entire EMS system with the EMS Week Proclamation. He added his gratitude to the crews for the “fine work that is done in the field every day and the dedication and commitment which is exemplified in this resolution.”

Though the week of May 18-24 is National EMS Week, Lake EMS field crews are wearing t-shirts throughout the month of May emphasizing the EMS Week theme “EMS: Dedicated. For Life.” The logo for the t-shirt was designed by Dustin Sheckler, Lake EMS Communications Supervisor, who won the employee t-shirt design contest.

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