Paramedic Tristan Haardt and EMT Matthew Small were presented with the True North Award at the Lake EMS Board meeting on 5 June 2018. They responded to a call where a Florida Hospital Waterman employee had been attacked by dogs. This Lake EMS crew worked diligently to ensure the safety of the patient and expressed compassion to both the patient and the family – not only during the incident, but also after transferring care to the hospital.
Joshua Whiting, Lake EMS Communications Quality Assurance and Training Officer, represented Lake EMS at International Academies of Emergency Dispatch – Navigator 2018.
On May 22, 2018 the Lake County Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation designating May 20-26, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Lake County, Florida:
WHEREAS, emergency medical services is a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, the emergency medical services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, telecommunicators, firefighters, educators, administrators and others; and
WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week;
WHEREAS, be it proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida in regular session this 22nd day of May 2018 that:
Section 1. The week of May 20-26, 2018 is proclaimed as Emergency Medical Services Week in Lake County.
Section 2. A copy of the Proclamation shall be spread upon the Minutes of this meeting.
Section 3. This Proclamation shall become effective upon adoption.
DONE AND PROCLAIMED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida in regular session this 22nd day of May, 2018.