OSWEGO – Emergency Medical Services providers throughout Oswego County were recognized recently for their outstanding service in 2014 at the annual Emergency Medical Services awards banquet at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Oswego.
The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC), which organized the event, expressed appreciation for the major sponsors of the 2015 EMS awards banquet.
This year’s gold sponsors were Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s), Entergy, and Exelon Generation. Uniforms Etc. was a silver sponsor, while Oswego Health was a bronze sponsor. Jeff Paquette of Paquette Photography donated the photos of the presentations.
Also during the awards ceremony, Oswego County Legislature Vice Chairman Linda Lockwood (District 11, Volney), chairman of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee, presented EMSAC with a proclamation designating Emergency Medical Services Week in Oswego County.
Legislator Lockwood was joined by Legislators Margaret Kastler (District 1, Sandy Creek) and Amy Tressider (District 16, Oswego).
“First responders, emergency medical technicians and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day,” Legislator Lockwood read from the proclamation. “The members of EMS teams, both career and volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their life saving skills.”
The proclamation by Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner urged the Oswego County community to observe the EMS week with the national theme of “EMS Strong.”
The banquet’s guest speaker, Dr. James Syrett of Oswego Health, told the group that while providers don’t make much money in the profession, “you’re in it because you enjoy it. You enjoy helping people.
“All these recipients honored tonight are worthy,” Dr. Syrett noted. “Many others are worthy who are not getting recognized.” He encouraged EMS providers to “take a chance … use your power and multiply your qualities.”
EMSAC Chairman Mike Montgomery, director of operations of SOVAC in Central Square, was master of ceremonies.
He noted the providers recognized at the banquet were representative of the good work all EMS providers do in the Oswego County community.
EMSAC also honored the efforts EMS providers made in 2013. Certificates of recognition were being forwarded to the providers’ directors of operations.
The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council was chartered to assist emergency medical services agencies in Oswego County.
Ambulance corps include Oswego Fire Department, Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s) in Fulton, Donald McFee Ambulance Service in Mexico, Northern Oswego County Ambulance (NOCA) in Pulaski, Southern Oswego County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SOVAC) in Central Square, North Shore Ambulance Squad in Cleveland, and Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SAVAC) of SUNY Oswego.