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Wolf Administration Recognizes Emergency Medical Services Award Recipients

Manheim, PA – The Wolf Administration today recognized individuals, groups and organizations for their commitment and dedication to delivering the highest quality of pre-hospital medical care available to Pennsylvanians.

“Our first responders are often the first contact with a person in distress, whether from an opioid overdose, life-threatening health condition or accident,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “These award recipients show us what it means to dedicate your life to helping others and ensuring they receive the best care possible.”

The award recipients were announced Thursday at the 41st annual Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Conference, held at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim. Award categories include clinical performance, education, communications, outstanding system contributions, innovation and organization-level operations.

The 2018 award recipients are:

  • ALS Practitioner of the Year – Jude Spellman, City of Wilkes Barre Fire Department, Luzerne County;
  • BLS Practitioner of the Year – Cody Williams, AMED Ambulance Authority, Altoona, Blair County;
  • EMS Educator of the Year – Agnes Dickson, Wyoming County;
  • EMS Communications Award – Jessica Bell, Chester County;
  • Amanda Wertz Memorial EMS for Children Award – Joyce Foresman-Capuzzi, Main Line Health, Radnor, Delaware County;
  • David J. Lindstrom EMS Innovation Award – Dr. Benjamin Usatch, Montgomery County;
  • Rescue Service of the Year – DLA Federal Fire Department, New Cumberland, Cumberland County;
  • EMS Agency of the Year (Large Agency Division) – Lancaster EMS, Lancaster County; and
  • EMS Agency of the Year (Small Agency Division) – Boyertown Lions EMS, Berks County.

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