Posted by: Blog Admin | September 30, 2010

Raleigh Chamber Recognizes Paramedics

Each year The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce collaborates with a number of local businesses to sponsor a breakfast honoring area first responders.  Represented at the breakfast today; Raleigh Police Department, Raleigh Fire Department, Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, and Wake County EMS System.

As part of the event, each agency nominates a heroic crew for their performance over the past year.  The Wake County EMS submission was the 2010 recipient of “Hero of the Year Award.”

The following is the submission from Wake County EMS Division Chief Skip Kirkwood:

On Thursday, July 8, 2010, Paramedic Aaron Wenzel and Paramedic Lauren Egan on Wake EMS 19 were dispatched to a patient complaining of severe breathing difficulty and chest pain in south Raleigh.  They arrived and parked in front of the patient’s residence.

The patient was moved to the back of the ambulance were advanced care was continued for his critical heart problems.  While the paramedics were providing care in the back of the ambulance, a utility van crashed in to the side of the parked ambulance with great velocity.

The jolt was dramatic and tossed both paramedics about the back of the ambulance.  Despite both of them being injured, they returned immediately to their critical patient, who was safely secured on the stretcher.

Lauren continued medical care for the patient while Aaron checked on the well-being of the driver who had struck them.  The other driver was uninjured, so Aaron called for immediate EMS back-up for their original patient and returned to help care for him.  Soon another ambulance had arrived.  Aaron and Lauren assisted getting care transferred over to the other ambulance crew.  Only then did they take time to take care of themselves.

We all expect our paramedics to provide prompt, compassionate, clinically excellent care, and Aaron and Lauren definitely met that expectation.  However, continuing that same uninterrupted care despite being injured themselves shows outstanding dedication, not just to a Wake County EMS patient, but also to their fellow human beings. Aaron and Lauren are certainly worthy of commendation for their superb service.

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