Emergency Service Personnel Recognized for Dedication to their Communities

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More than 90 EMS personnel from local fire, rescue and police departments attended Tri-County Health Care’s 30th annual Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program. The event was held on Tuesday, March 14 at M-State, Wadena campus.

“This event is a chance to have an educational opportunity, hear from guest speakers, and also recognize area personnel,” said Mike Ittner, Tri-County Health Care EMS Manager. “This is the 30th year that we’ve been able to recognize the many dedicated men and women who do heroic things on a daily basis.”

Speakers included John Pate, M.D., Tri-County Health Care EMS Medical Director; Mike Ittner, Tri-County Health Care EMS Manager, and three area residents that have personally been impacted by EMS personnel who’ve helped a loved one.

Several EMS awards were also presented to area personnel:

  • Star of Life – (The Star of Life award is given to emergency personnel for making an extremely noteworthy contribution to efforts which resulted in saving a life.)
    • Menahga First Response, Menahga Police, & Wadena County Dispatch
    • Menahga Lifeguards, Menahga First Responders, Menahga Police, Wadena County Sheriff, Wadena County Dispatch, & Menahga Fire
    • Bertha Ambulance & Todd County Dispatch
    • Sebeka Rescue, Wadena County Sheriff, & Wadena County Dispatch
  • Bear Award
    • Dave Cuppy & Chad Olson
  • Years of Service Star (In appreciation of loyal and dedicated service)
  • 15 Years: Dave Cuppy

EMS night is a free event held every March sponsored by Tri-County Health Care Emergency Medical Services and Central Minnesota EMS Region.

To learn more about the Tri-County Emergency Medical Services click here: http://www.tchc.org/what-we-offer/emergency-medical-services.