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Amy Ward photoAmy L. Ward, a career paramedic with Portsmouth Fire, EMS and Emergency Services was awarded the 2014 Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Prehospital Provider.  For more than 18 years, Amy Ward has provided outstanding and dedicated service to the system through her involvement in all facets of EMS at the local and regional level. Ward has worked tirelessly to improve EMS services in her agency, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, as well as in the Tidewater region.
 
As a paramedic, she is an advocate for employee training, clinical initiatives and the strengthening of the EMS division within the fire department. As a clinical coordinator for the department, Amy introduced an inaugural EMS academy along with the Field Training Evaluation Program, which greatly aided in the success of newly hired paramedics within the agency. Amy Ward’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Congratulations, Amy!
 
The award was presented in conjunction with the 35th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott on November 8, 2014.

“In the last 35 years, the Virginia EMS Symposium has offered an incredible educational opportunity to thousands of EMS providers statewide, which has helped to shape Virginia’s EMS System into one of the largest and best in the nation,” said Gary Brown, director, Office of EMS. “This incredible feat would not be possible without the hard work and talent of the providers recognized during the Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony. Their remarkable efforts to serve the citizens of Virginia and better the EMS System are exceptional and we’re proud to honor them with the highest award given at the state level. Congratulations to this year’s Governor’s EMS Award winners! You have set the bar high for excellence in EMS.”

The following 2014 Governor’s EMS Award winners were recognized:
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Excellence in EMS - Matthew Lawler, Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, Central Shenandoah EMS Council, Inc.
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Administrator (The Kent J. Weber Trophy) - Ronald Passmore, Galax-Grayson EMS
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS (The Frank M. Yeiser Trophy) - Michael Moran, M.D., Lewis Gale Hospital – Allegany
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Jane R. LaVerne, R.N., Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Prehospital Educator - William Akers, Jr., Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program, Lebanon Lifesaving Crew
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Prehospital Provider - Amy Ward, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety – David Jones, Roanoke County Fire and Rescue
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children - Steven Dove, Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Agency - Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunications - Susan Fulcher, Martinsville – Henry County 911Center
An additional award was presented at the ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions to EMS
by a high school senior. This award is a scholarship provided by the State EMS Advisory Board and funded by the Alliance for Emergency Medical Education and Research.
• The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior (The Dr. Carol Gilbert $5000 Scholarship) - Michael A. Hoffman, II, Appomattox Volunteer Rescue Squad

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