ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Each year, Maryland EMS crews respond to nearly a half million calls. Some of those responses involved unique situations or treatment. And, some of the pre-hospital providers were lauded by state officials this week -- National EMS Week.
Teresa Ann Crisman, described as the driving force in Prince Georges County's Safe Kids Coalition. "She provides leadership and resources that assist EMS providers in educating parents, children and teachers to protect kids in the highest risk areas of injury. For her efforts, she was given the Maryland EMS-Children Award. Bass noted that she also is involved with legislation to ban the sale of novelty lighters.
Baltimore County Capt. Steve Adelsberger was given a special award by Bass for his efforts involving public access defibrillators (AED) and getting a program to teach high school students CPR. "He is a tireless advocate for drawing attention to lay persons, 911 call takers, EMS professionals and hospital staff who are instrumental in saving lives secondary to sudden cardiac arrest," Bass said.
Salisbury Lt. William R. Frampton was named EMS provider of the year for his for his many contributions to enhance EMS not only in his Eastern Shore department but across the state. He initiated a campaign to publicize the work and dedication of providers. "Lt. Frampton's ongoing dedication and commitment to improving EMS can be seen through his shared vision of the elimination of preventable death and disability from injury or sudden illness," Bass said.
The outstanding EMS program award was presented to the U.S. Secret Service Emergency Services Section. Bass noted that recently while dealing with the loss of a colleague who died while fighting a fire, they managed to stay on course and continued teaching their EMS classes. Bass lauded the agents for their "unwavering service, dedication and commitment to emergency services..."
Dr. Frank T. Barranco received the Leon Hayes Award for his extensive contributions to promote EMS in Maryland. "The mark of a true pioneer, innovator and leader is one who leaves behind not only a legacy of himself but one of making the system better," Bass said of the man who helped upgrade EMS in Baltimore County.
Julia Phillips was the recipient of the EMS Citizen Award for saving a drowning child. After getting the child out of the pool, she started CPR. Bass noted that she had taken the class just two weeks before the incident. By the time the ambulance arrived, the little girl had started to throw up water. She made a full recovery.