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Gaston EMS Celebrates 'EMS Week 2020'

Gastonia, NC (May 21, 2020) –This week, May 17-23, is the 46th anniversary of National Emergency Management Services or EMS Week. As the coronavirus health crisis continues to unfold, our country and the world are bearing witness to the remarkable dedication, commitment to service and courage of EMS practitioners.

The theme for EMS Week 2020 is “Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow.”  Although this theme was selected well before the current pandemic, it is particularly relevant to how your local EMS professionals have stepped up to the many challenges presented to them in these trying times. We owe a great debt of gratitude to all of our Paramedics and EMTs who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response while still responding to and meeting the needs of everyday emergencies that arise. 

Because of the impact of COVID-19, Gaston County EMS was unable recognize our men and women with our usual EMS Week festivities. We acknowledge the sacrifices of each of our nearly 200 employees; however, we do want to recognize the efforts and contributions that specific team members have made to our agency throughout the last year. Employees are selected for these particular recognitions through a peer-nomination process. GEMS presented the following employees with recognition during shift changes on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. 

Outstanding part-time employees – Lynn Drum and Saraina Hurley
Outstanding rookie – Rebecca Shaffer, Madison Ballard and Christopher McLaughlin
Outstanding Paramedic –Courtney Johnson, Justin Greer, and Caleb Robinson
Outstanding EMT – EMT Andrew Molby, Bridgett Wilkinson, Allison Langley, Bridget Robinson
Outstanding Customer Service – Mark Hines, Kristina Monk, Steven Wall
Outstanding Clinical Preparedness – Robert Paul, and Andrew Adams
Outstanding Rescue Preparedness – Trevor Gosselin
Outstanding Public Educator – Tia Slone and Lanny Bivens
Outstanding Training and Staff Development – Chris Marlowe
Outstanding Mentor – Hannah Orr
Outstanding Field Training Officer – Kelly Marlowe
Outstanding Mentor – Brendon Axe

EMT Saraina Hurley receives her recognition as Outstanding Part-Time Employee from Captain Lee Cherry
EMT Saraina Hurley receives her recognition as Outstanding Part-Time Employee from Captain Lee Cherry

Paramedic Trevor Gosselin receives his recognition for Outstanding Rescue Preparedness from Acting Captain Melanie Massagee
Paramedic Trevor Gosselin receives his recognition for Outstanding Rescue Preparedness from Acting Captain Melanie Massagee

Paramedic Andrew Adams receives his recognition for Outstanding Clinical Preparedness from Acting Captain Tim Jones
Paramedic Andrew Adams receives his recognition for Outstanding Clinical Preparedness from Acting Captain Tim Jones

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For additional information, contact:    GEMS Deputy Chief James McConnell