Posted by: Blog Admin | March 1, 2010

T. Steve Gardner Retires

T. Steve Gardner

T. Steve Gardner


T. Steve Gardner joined Wake County on July 12th, 1978 as an Emergency Medical Technician.  At that time, Wake County operated a basic life support service with four ambulances covering the City of Raleigh. 

In 1984, Steve participated in the first paramedic program sponsored by Wake County and received his paramedic credential. He continued his formal education over the next 10 years and obtained both an Associates and Bachelors Degree. 

From 1988 to present day, he has served the Wake County EMS System in the position of Public Safety Training Specialist. In this role he has touched the lives of every current Paramedic who functions in the Wake County EMS System. As the person responsible for the Wake EMS new employee orientation program, Steve has greeted new paramedics on their first day of employment for the last 17 years. 

Steve has a lot of firsts in our system. He was the first to: 

  • Use electronic media for education in the early 90’s
  • Participate in the tactical paramedic program
  • Lead the Wake County Bike Team
  • Contribute to the EMS website and on-line distributed education program

He also was a recipient of the Garland H Jones Excellence in Public Service Team Award in 2006. 

Steve retired from Wake County on March 1, 2010. He leaves us with the distinction of being the longest-serving EMS Department employee with 31 years of active service. 

Steve was recognized by County Manger David Cooke on March 1, 2101, at the Board of Commissioners meeting for his many years of service to Wake County.

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