Medics Honored for Saving Lives
Twelve employees of South Georgia Medical Center’s Mobile HealthCare Services were recently presented Life Saver award medals by the Southwest Georgia Region 8 EMS Council. These Life Saver medals are awarded to paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who successfully revive a patient who is found not breathing and without a pulse. The award comes in the form of a red bar pin that is worn on the uniform shirt lapel. Over a medic’s career, the award may be received multiple times. Receiving their first Life Saver awards were paramedics Amanda Johnson and Andrew McKennie and EMTs Kim Harding, Dan Mallard and Brittany Rigdon. Paramedics Todd Daniel, Jeremy Gish, Terry Hawke, Trae Kent, Randy Lancaster, Cindy Rigdon and Scott Yarbrough, who have 103 combined years of service at SGMC and have received multiple Life Saver medals over their careers, were also presented the award again at this year’s ceremony. SGMC CEO Randy Sauls attended the ceremony and said, “These men and women provide selfless service, often in dangerous or adverse conditions. It is a demanding and stressful career where you are in a constant race against time to offer medical assistance. We thank you and we appreciate you for your dedication. You truly make a difference.”SGMC’s Mobile HealthCare Service maintains a staff of 52 paramedics, 28 EMTs and 2 administrative clerks. In 2011, the service responded to 13,333 requests for assistance.