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2010 EMS Awards Ceremony Photos

29 California emergency medical services providers and associates were recognized for exceptional acts of bravery and service to their communities and to the state at a meeting of the Commission on Emergency Medical Services in San Francisco December 1, 2010. Daniel R. Smiley, Acting Director of the EMS Authority, and Commission Chair Colleen Kuhn, presented the 2010 EMS Awards.

The EMS Awards Committee reviews all applications submitted and determines which awards will be granted. This year, the committee consisted of:

In addition, Art Hsieh, CEO and Education Director of the San Francisco Paramedic Association, graciously served as our photographer for the event and all of these photos belong to him. Please ask for permission before using them in any published format (web or print) and be sure to credit Art with a photo by-line for his excellent work. Larger versions of the photos are available. Robin Robinson is the EMS Awards Coordinator for EMSA and can assist you in submitting nominations for future awards. Please contact her at 916-431-3701.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:
Steven Drewniany (Sunnyvale, CA) For providing dedicated community EMS service to improve emergency cardiac care.
Steve Drewniany
Anne Marie Jensen (San Diego, CA) For providing dedicated community service in organizing EMS social networking.
Anne Marie Jensen
Anne Marie Jensen
Julia Abubo, R.N. (Costa Mesa, CA) For lifesaving efforts on 18 June 2010 to remove a victim from an apartment fire.
Julia Abubo
Kevin Riutzel (San Diego, CA) For providing dedicated community service in organizing public access defibrillation programs in San Diego County.
Kevin Riutzel
INTER-SERVICE EMS RECOGNITION MEDAL:
Curtis Darnell (San Jose, CA) For leading efforts to integrate EMS into the public safety stakeholder community.
Curtis Darnell
Curtis Darnell
Daniel Humphreys (Mission Viejo, CA) For lifesaving rescue efforts on 8 August 2010 that saved the life of an infant.
Daniel Humphreys
Consuelo Yokum (Campbell, CA) For volunteer service and leadership during the
H1N1 pandemic emergency in Santa Clara County.
Consuelo Yokum
Consuelo Yokum
LIFE SAVING MEDAL:
Robert Kessler (Stockton, CA) For lifesaving actions on 18 July 2010 while off duty to treat a woman who was in full cardiac arrest.
Robert Kessler
Robert Kessler
Taylor A. Voss (Costa Mesa, CA) For lifesaving actions on 14 July 2010 while off duty to rescue a victim of a house fire.
Taylor Voss wan unable to attend the ceremony.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL:
Debbie Bervel, M.D. (Highland, CA) For providing superior volunteer EMS medical leadership for Search and Rescue in San Bernardino County.
Debbie Bervel
Layne Contreras (Commerce, CA) For providing superior EMS service and education for over 25 years in Los Angeles County.
Layne Contreras
Layne Contreras
David Huseman (San Jose, CA)
For providing superior EMS service and education for over 30 years in Santa Clara County.
David Huseman
David Huseman
Chris Olson (San Diego, CA)
For providing superior EMS service and innovation for over 35 years in San Diego County.
Chris Olson
Chris Olson
Frank Wesley Podboy (Alta Loma, CA) For providing superior volunteer EMS service leadership for Search and Rescue in San Bernardino County.
Frank Wesley Podboy
Frank Wesley Podboy
Marie Podboy (Alta Loma, CA)
For providing superior volunteer EMS service leadership for Search and Rescue in San Bernardino County.
Marie Podboy
Paul Santos (San Diego, CA)
For meritorious performance of rescue on 1 April 2010.
Paul Santos was not able to attend the ceremony.
Michael Van Elgort (San Jose, CA) For service and leadership to advance pre-hospital cardiac care in Santa Clara County.
Michael Van Elgort
EMS CROSS:
Mike Giannini (Woodacre,CA)
For providing the highest level of sustained EMS service and leadership in Marin County.
Mike Giannini
Mike Giannini
Mike Giannini
Mike Giannini
MEDAL OF VALOR:
John David Manzeck (Pleasant Hill, CA) For actions on 11 April 2010 to rescue a victim under extreme conditions.
John David Manzeck
John David Manzeck
Manzeck
Manzeck
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL:
Chuck Baucom (Merced, CA)
For providing superior sustained statewide leadership as a Chairman and member of the EMS Commission, and co-chair of the EMS Vision process that began in 1997.
Chuck Baucom
Chuck and Ron
Ron Blaul (Irvine, CA) For providing superior sustained statewide leadership as a Chairman and member of the EMS Commission, and co-chair of the EMS Vision process that began in 1997.
Ron Blaul
Ramon W. Johnson, M.D. (Laguna Beach, CA) For providing superior sustained statewide leadership as a Chairman and member of the EMS Commission, and participant on EMS committees providing dedicated guidance in emergency care and EMS for Children.
Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson
Jeff L. Rubin (Elk Grove, CA)
For providing sustained, superior statewide service as Chief of the Disaster Medical Services Division in the development of disaster medical services.
Jeff Rubin
Jeff Rubin
Nancy J. Steiner (Orangevale, CA) For providing superior, sustained statewide leadership as Chief of the EMS Personnel Division at EMSA, and facilitator of EMS task forces and committees which provided exemplary leadership in EMT and paramedic personnel and training.
Nancy Steiner.
Nancy Steiner
R. Steven Tharratt, M.D. (El Dorado Hills, CA) For sustained, superior statewide EMS medical leadership as Director of EMSA.
Steve Tharratt
Steve Tharratt
Kevin White (Citrus Heights, CA) For providing superior sustained statewide leadership as a representative on EMS task forces and committees providing leadership in EMT and paramedic personnel and training, as well as strong participation on the EMT2010 process implementation.
Kevin White
Kevin White
EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR:
Heather Davis, MS (Los Angeles, CA) For exemplary service in emergency medical services (EMS) education.
Heather Davis
Heather Davis
EMS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR:
James Pointer, M.D. (Novato, CA) For superior sustained statewide participation as an EMS Medical Director
in both Alameda and San Francisco EMS agencies, participation for 20 years on the
EMS Scope of Practice Committee of EMDAC and leadership in EMS research.
James Pointer
James Pointer
EMS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR:
Virginia Price Hastings (San Bernardino, CA) For dedication to statewide EMS systems and sustained, superior leadership on behalf of local EMS agencies.
Virginia Price Hastings
Virginia Price Hastings

Art Hseih and Mike Giannini

Art Hseih and Mike Giannini

Dan Smiley

Daniel R. Smiley, Acting Director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

EMS Commission

Commission on EMS

Dan and Colleen

Dan Smiley, Acting Director of EMSA, and Colleen Kuhn, Chair of the Commissionon EMS, making award presentations.

DSM Group

Dr. Raymon Johnson, Jeff Rubin, Nancy Steiner, Dr. Steven Tharratt and Kevin White.

DMS 2

Jeff Rubin, Nancy Steiner, Dr. Steven Tharratt, Kevin White, Ron Blaul and Chuck Baucom.

MSM

Recipients of the Meritorious Service Medal.

Robin and Steve

Dr. Steve Tharratt, former EMSA Director, and Robin Robinson, EMSA Awards Coordinator.

Packed House

More than 100 people attended the EMS Awards Ceremony.

Standing Room Only

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