2014 Midstate Region EMS Awards

Our state nomination for the Harriet C. Webber LEADERSHIP award:

FSL Instructor and Kuyahoora Ambulance Paramedic Jack Hasse

(this is what was said)

The requirements for the Leadership award are, Longevity, innovation/dedication, responsibility, executive and management skills in establishing, maintaining, promoting or expanding EMS organizations, agencies, committees at the community and/or state level.

Well let’s see how our candidate stacks up;

· An EMT number that starts with zero = longevity

· Dedication= over 20 year member of both the fire and ems service

· Has Served as President and Director of Operations

· Promoting EMS, Jack became an Instructor to increase both the number and quality of EMT’s in the region

· EMS Organizations – Jack has served countless leadership positions in agency county    and regional EMS programs

It sounds like this award was written for our Midstate winner, If there is anyone that doesn’t know him we am sure you have heard of him frankly he is a Midstate legend and one we are proud of, the rumors are flying he may be backing off a little and spend some more time with his family and his other projects.

2014 EMS Award

Midstate Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence

Amela Thompson RN (Here’s what was said)

We all know todays emergency rooms are busier than ever, crowded, hectic and not on anyone’s to do list, a trip to the ED is not always a pleasant experience ………. Unless you are fortunate enough to have tonight’s Nurse of Excellence at your bedside.

Always taking time to listen to EMS always greeting the crew and patient with a pleasant remark and a warm smile. A Compassionate, caring professional

Her application suggests that it is her past nursing home experience that is has provided her with the uncanny ability to calm even the most anxious and nervous elderly patient.

Balancing the demands in any Emergency Room is difficult, everyone wants everything now, patients, physicians, staff even EMS. This Rome memorial ED nurse balances all these and somehow remains pleasant. and it for these reasons we recognize Amela as Midstate Nurse of Excellence. 

2014 Midstate EMS Award

Midstate Educator of Excellence  Erik Merrill AEMT-P, CIC (Here’s what was said)

An extraordinary teacher, respected paramedic and friend are the words used to describe the 2014 Midstate Educator of Excellence. A challenging and demanding instructor, never letting up on us and always making sure we understand what he was teaching that’s what makes Erik special.

A successful career paramedic who is dedicated to teaching EMS, he has worked with the other instructor’s to create standardized presentations and evaluations that have improved all our classes. His students are always well prepared for both the practical and written certification exams.

His students wrote “It takes an educator of excellence to turn a group of people with a common interest into a team of critical thinkers” The class added it is his determination, confidence and passion for EMS that make him “special”.

in the words of his class “he just CARES” and all that know him  agree.

2014 Midstate Awards



EMT Ethan Geary (Here’s what was said)

A 8 year veteran of the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department. He was the number 1 responder for the Department and serves several positions in the Department in both fire and ems.

His dedication of time separates him from others. Always willing to stop and lend an ear always available to listen to members department or personal issues, he is truly a dedicated professional.

To his patients it is his compassion and understanding demeanor that sets him apart. He has been described as reliable, trustworthy and dependable. A humble person he has no idea how much he has helped his community and department.

EMS Banquet Keynote Speaker

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Banquet Tickets


Midstate REMSCO EMS Recognition Banquet Hart’s Hill Inn Friday May 22, 2015 cocktails at 6 dinner at 7.  Tickets are available at the EMS Office, 14 Foery Drive Utica or St. Luke’s Resource.  Tickets are $22.00 each or table of 8 for $150.00. 



Presented by Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center

June 4th & 5th 2015 / 8:00AM – 4:00PM

American Legion Hall, 84 Grand Street, Highland, NY 12528

Intense and High Quality Training in Supervision

Presenter/Facilitator – Jon Politis, MPA, NREMT-P

This course qualifies for NREMT Category 7, 2 CME Credits
Registration is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.  Reduced rate for early registration.


Midstate Recognition awards application deadline (noon May1) is rapidly  approaching. Applications are available on line under the Midstate EMS banner.  Our Regional Applications will be forwarded to the DOH for state consideration.  Applications can be faxed (315 738-8981) or emailed to remsco@midstateems.org

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