CareFlite’s First Great Responder awards were handed out Tuesday to members of the Cooke County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS), the Gainesville Fire Department (GFD), the Gainesville ISD Police, Cooke County Sheriff’s Department, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD), GPD and GFD Communications and Gilbert’s Wrecking Service.
A city garbage truck accident in April ejected city employee Angel Garcia of Gainesville from his driver’s seat and pinned him beneath his vehicle’s wheel. This event activated Cooke County’s finest as practiced life saving procedures helped to control a potentially tragic situation. CareFlite First Great Responder Awards recognizes those that go above and beyond in achieving the highest level of emergency care available.
Careflite is a Texas, nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation governed by a board of directors with representatives from area health care resources. Careflite and its member facilities are committed to high-quality patient care and community service. Careflite is the only fully-integrated medical transport company serving the North Texas communities.
The core values of safety, quality, urgency, teamwork, customer service and fiscal responsibility are all considered when the First Responder Awards are given out
Those honored during the award ceremony Tuesday included: CCEMS paramedic Daniel Wislan, paramedic Dustin Wright, licensed paramedic Brandy Fette, lieutenant-paramedic Jeff Arendt, emergency medical technician Josh Parson, emergency medical technician Tanner Henry, emergency medical technician Charles Martindale, Captain-licensed paramedic Al Pentico, director Kevin Grant; GFD personnel include bat chief Shane Lee, App IV Jason James, driver Kenneth Watson, fire fighter Chase Grave, chief Steve Boone, assistant chief Wally Cox, division chief Wayne Twiner; GISD police chief Lawanna Wislan; Cooke County Sheriff’s Department corporal Eric Coberly; GPD Terry Robertson, Jason Beck, Marc Stanwyck, Anthony Strauser, Captain Kevin Phillips, Sam Walterscheid and chief Steven Fleming; GPD and GFD communications Belva McClinton and Sarah Payton; Gilbert’s Wrecker Service personnel Zack Kupper and Brandon Parsons.
Emergency management officer administrative assistant, Tamara Sieger said that the award to Gilbert Wrecker Service was only the second time a private company had been given this award by CareFlite. The wrecker service was able to lift the truck off of the victim.
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