NorthStar Providers Recognized During EMS Week
June 4, 2009Carol Pillsbury Awarded Coveted EMT of the Year Award
NorthStar recently held its annual recognition and awards evening banquet to honor its staff of emergency medical technicians. NorthStar is the ambulance service of Franklin Memorial Hospital and operates throughout Greater Franklin County. The banquet was the culmination of National Emergency Medical Services Week.
Highlighting the evening was NorthStar’s “EMT of the Year” award. This coveted award recognizes an employee for going “above and beyond” system-wide during the year. To great applause, the overall EMT of the Year was bestowed on Carol Pillsbury (Farmington). Carol’s dedication and untiring support to NorthStar and EMS at the local, regional, and state level span almost three decades of her career. Her training efforts and work on the quality committee, her willingness to work shifts at all the bases in the system, and her overall positive attitude led to this obvious selection. Carol has been a paramedic in the Farmington area almost since there was an ambulance service in the area. She has served on the Maine EMS Board, has received the state’s Governor’s Award for EMS Excellence, and has taught most of the EMT courses in the area over the last three decades.
In presenting the award, NorthStar’s executive director, David Robie commented: “Carol is EMS! If you look up EMS in Wikipedia, I have no doubt you will find Carol’s picture. In all things, Carol exemplifies NorthStar’s mission: professionalism, respectful patient care, community activities, stewardship of our resources, and overall excellence. We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding Paramedic in our service.”
NorthStar’s Robie also recognized Pillsbury for putting together the entire EMS week program including the awards night celebration.
Other awards were also given out during the ceremony. “Above and Beyond” awards were given to Chuck Twitchell WEMT-P (Kingfield) for his work with the Route 27 corridor first responders, and Mike Senecal WEMT-P (Industry) for his education, training, and management achievements.
“400 Club” awards (for 400+ ambulance runs in a year) went to Stan Wilcox (a two time winner), Sam Davis, Gavin Smith, and Dean Robinson. The most active Per Diem was awarded to Ed Strapp for the second straight year. Several other awards, some serious, some humorous were also given out. Each and every member of the NorthStar staff was recognized as a contributor to the success of the system.
It was also noted that Judi Wills (New Portland) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the governor and Maine EMS earlier in the week. This marked the fourth straight year that a NorthStar person was awarded one of the highest state awards. Truly a credit to the NorthStar team.
In reflecting on the ceremonies, Director Robie remarked, “It is clear that our entire NorthStar staff exemplify the best in EMS. We are proud of their accomplishments and pleased that we can honor them in this way. Our service is only as good at the professional EMTs that respond day in and day out. The high caliber of our crews combined with the strengths of a regional NorthStar system means we can look forward to continuing to provide the highest level or emergency medical services to our communities.”
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