On March 28, 2019, A&E EMS was honored to receive the 2018 Ambulance Service of the Year Award at the yearly (SEEMSDA) Sountheastern EMS Director’s Association Conference. Region 3 consists of 11 counties which have 19 ambulance services. A&E is grateful to receive this award out of a region of many deserving services. Additionally, AEMT/FTO Duane Whatley was presented with the Life Time Achievement Award. With over 35 years in emergency services, Duane has dedicated his life to serving others in both Fire and EMS. Duane has worked at A&E EMS since opening the doors in September of 2013.
A&E and it's employees were once again blessed to be recognized at the SEEMSDA (Southeastern EMS Director's Association) awards banquet. Captain Dennis Jones was recognized as the Paramedic of the year for the Southeastern Region and Henry Dekort was recognized as the EMT of the year. These two fine men are exemplary employees who day in and day out demonstrate the professionalism, compassion, and dedication to the field of EMS and those whom they serve.
On August 2 we presented the Guardian Angel Save Award at the Winchester Police Department. This award honored not only our employees but also one of Winchester's finest. This commendation is awarded as a result of an act to save or preserve a human life, that otherwise would have expired without immediate intervention, Through the use of pre-hospital care, extrication or rescue.
On July 4, 2016 we were called out to an unresponsive patient, possibly not breathing. Winchester Police Officer Michael Hamilton arrived first on scene and initiated emergency care. Soon after EMS crews from A&E arrived on scene. It was found that the patient was not breathing and had no pulse. Advanced life support care was administered including cardiac monitoring, IV medication administration and placing the LUCAS 2 CPR devide on the patient. All parties involved worked vigorously to revive this individual. Before leaving the scene, the patient regained a pulse and was then transported to STRHS ER. Later that evening A&E EMS transported this patient to a higher level of care for further treatment. The patient was awake and talking.
These kind of success stories are few and far between. The following individuals were instrumental in saving a precious life; Officer Michael Hamilton, Captain Jeff Stratton, Critical Care Paramedic, Wayne Fountain, AEMT, Ashley Wingard, Paramedic and FTO Duane Whatley, AEMT. We at A&E wanted to recognize these great professionals and show our gratitude for a job well done. At A&E we have created the Guardian Angel Save Award to recognize all first responders, including fire, police and EMS.
While attending the Southeastern EMS Director's Association Awards Banquet, we were honored to receive the EMS Service of the Year Award. A&E was selected out the Southeastern TN region which consists of 11 counties. We are humbled to receive such recognition. This award is not given to one person, but to the service as a whole.