Emergency service personnel recognized for dedication to their communities.

Emergency service personnel recognized for dedication to their communities.

Wadena, MN – March 21, 2016 — More than 70 EMS personnel from local fire, rescue and police departments attended Tri-County Health Care’s 29th annual Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program. The event was held on Tuesday, March 15 at M-State, Wadena campus.

“This program is designed to provide an educational update for Emergency Services personnel in the Tri-County Health Care service area,” said Julie Jenson, Tri-County Health Care EMS Manager. “It’s also an opportunity to recognize our area fire, rescue and police departments for their tireless efforts and dedication to emergency services in their communities.”

Speakers included John Pate, M.D., Tri-County Health Care EMS Medical Director; Mike Ittner, NREMT-P, Tri-County Health Care EMS; Brian Savaloja, Sergeant, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office

Several EMS awards were also presented to area personnel:

* Distinguished Service (This distinguished service award is given to employees with outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to excellence.) The Distinguished Service recognition was awarded to Chris Hammer, TCHC Paramedic and Adam Shamp, TCHC EMT.

• Star of Life – (The Star of Life award is given to emergency personnel for making an extremely noteworthy contribution to efforts which resulted in saving a life.) The Star of Life was presented to Ivy Haehnel, TCHC Paramedic; Jeremy Wolfenbarger, TCHC EMT; Sharon Heinen, TCHC Paramedic; David Kloss, M.D., F.A.C.S., Tri-County Health Care; Norm Pettis, Wadena Police Officer; and Nick Grabe, Wadena Police Officer.

• Retirement – Special recognition was given to Bill Wilson, Sebeka Fire Chief, who was recognized in appreciation of 47 years of service to the Sebeka Fire Department.

* Years of Service Star (In appreciation of five years of loyal and dedicated service)

5 Years: Adam Shamp, TCHC EMT; Jennifer Shreves, TCHC EMT and Matthew Smith TCHC Paramedic

20 years: Sharon Heinen, TCHC Community Paramedic

EMS night is a free event held every March sponsored by Tri-County Health Care Emergency Medical Services and Central Minnesota EMS Region. For more information, or to inquire about the 2017 event, contact Julie Jenson, Tri-County Health EMS Education Coordinator, at (218) 631-8738.

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