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Henry County EMS honors paramedics, EMTs

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EMT of the Year: Mandy Fleming with Henry County EMS Director JoeyCooper.
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Director’s Award: Hayden Hutson with Henry County EMS Director Joey Cooper.
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Unit Commendation (for life saving actions during a response): JacobSeyfertand Sha Kirk (not pictured) with Henry County EMS Director Joey Cooper, right.
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Unit Commendation (for life saving actions during a response): Alex Millis, left, Director Joey Cooper and Hayden Hutson, right.
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Paramedic of the Year: Kurt Mathews with Henry County EMS Director JoeyCooper.

At the employee family Christmas Party, Henry County EMS recognized several paramedics and EMTs.

Mandy Fleming received Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year from Henry County Emergency Medical Services this week. Fleming obtained her EMT certification in August of 2017 and she has fast become an important part of the local ambulance service.

“Fleming makes improvements everywhere she goes and we value the effort she makes everyday taking care of patients,” said Henry County EMS Director Joey Cooper. “She received this award for her dependability and great attitude.”

The service named Kurt Mathews Paramedic of the Year for his many years of top-notch patient care.

“Kurt’s career over 20 years in EMS has given him experience in all types of emergency situations,” said Cooper. “He is an excellent paramedic, a great co-worker and a daily advocate for proper patient care.”

Mathews also works full-time as a paramedic/lieutenant with neighboring Delaware County EMS.

Hayden Hutson is an EMT with Henry County EMS, a volunteer with the Straughn Fire Department and also works part-time in EMS education. He was given the Director’s Award for his contributions to Henry County EMS in 2018.

“Hutson is someone I can rely on,” Cooper said. “If something needs to be done, I can count on him to raise his hand and volunteer to help. His great attitude will take him far in his career.”

Two crews were awarded Unit Commendations for their life-saving actions during EMS responses. Paramedic supervisor Jacob Seyfert and EMT Sha Kirk were recognized for their quick response during a response earlier this year.

“After this response, we found out how important a difference Kirk and Seyfert made for this patient,” Cooper explained. “In fact, the life-saving actions allowed the patient to make a quick recovery after a grim initial presentation. Great team work by these two fine caregivers.”

In addition, EMTs Hutson and Alex Millis were given a Unit Commendation for their actions on two runs on Oct. 9. The two separate calls that occurred less than an hour apart involved multiple trauma victims, a patient with a broken neck, live power lines on the ground, a pediatric patient and the use of a scene medical helicopter.

“Alex and Hayden went above and beyond during two very challenging responses,” Cooper said. “The multiple stressful factors did not deter them from performing their jobs in a professional manner.”

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