Manatee to honor top EMT, paramedics during annual EMS Awards ceremony

  • May 13, 2016

Event highlights National EMS Week, May 15-21

 MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 13, 2016) – As part of National EMS Week, some of Manatee County’s true heroes will be honored during Emergency Medical Services’ (EMS) annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 18.


The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Boulevard.  The event is part of National EMS Week, May 15 – 21. County Commissioners will recognize the week with an official proclamation on Tuesday, May 10. “EMS Strong: Called to care” is the theme designated for EMS Week 2016. 


“We are fortunate in Manatee County to have the highly skilled and professional EMTs and Paramedics we do dedicating themselves to protecting our community,” said Public Safety Director Bob Smith. “This event allows us to shine the spotlight on those men and women who spend their days putting the needs of others first.”


“Our highly skilled and dedicated employees truly represent the EMS profession as a calling,” said acting EMS Chief Paul DiCicco. “While we make a diligent effort to thank our EMTs and Paramedics throughout the year, our annual awards ceremony provides a venue to formally recognize the hard work, dedication, determination, and service they provide to our community.”


Winners are selected by an awards committee comprised of the members of the EMS field.


Awards will be given in the following categories:


  • Paramedic and EMT of the Year is awarded to the Department members who put forth an effort of the highest degree.  It may involve an individual event or a collection of exceptional performances;
  • Rookie of the Year is awarded to the individual who has shown excellent learning skills, superior performance and a desire for gaining the skills, knowledge and education to be a successful and valuable asset to MCEMS; 
  • The Lifesaving Award is awarded to individuals who have successfully saved a life (whether on or off duty), which would have otherwise been lost, through prompt and alert action and under some degree of hazard to the recipient; 
  • Genesis Award is awarded to individuals who have successfully delivered or assisted in the delivery of an infant in the field;
  • Phoenix Award is awarded to an individual who has successfully achieved five cardiac arrest recoveries; 
  • Chief’s Commendation is reserved for the Chief of the Department to recognize a member or citizen for some outstanding achievement, within or outside the department, that causes a positive and dramatic change in the Department and/or the community;  
  • Departmental/Unit Citation Award is awarded to a crew, unit or entire Department whose members acted in a unified and efficient manner to overcome adverse conditions to uphold the MCEMS mission;
  • Volunteer of the Year is given to the volunteer who has shown superior motivation, participation and dedication to his/her community;


  • Military Service Award is presented to an individual who has served or is presently serving in the National Guard or in regular or reserve U.S. Military service with the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard. 



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