2021 Awards Recipients
BLS Provider of the Year
Caroline Wockner, EMT, Red White & Blue Fire District
- “An example for all EMTs to follow”.
- Wildland firefighter
- 154 medical responses in the last year including multiple high acuity calls. Paramedics praise her assessment skills, bedside manner, and willingness to participate in
- Led webinars for residents on wildland fire preparedness
- Led a firefighter academic class for new hires
- Teaches EMT classes at CMC
- Completed prerequisites for Paramedic school
ALS Provider of the Year
Andy Heyne, Paramedic, Red, White & Blue Fire District
- “A workhorse of our EMS response at RW&B”
- An employee for 8 years, ski patrol background
- Greatest attributes are “intelligence, a positive attitude, and work ethic”.
- 110 medical responses in the last year: Highlights: 2 complete recoveries for Cardiac arrest
- Lead provider for multiple Covid-19 patients, some very acutely ill. Showed bravery during this
- Helped get all BLS staff IV certified, requiring a challenging logistic effort
- Teaches EMT and IV classes for CMC
- Serves as an acting Fire captain, member of SAR Paramedics, and is a field training officer.
Community Professional of the Year
David Miller, Community Paramedic, Eagle County Paramedics
- Instrumental in delivering care to COVID-19 positive patients in their homes
- Community Paramedics experienced a 90% call volume increase in
- In partnership with EVBH, was instrumental in launching a new program placing naloxone in homes to address opioid addiction. The program also helps provide patients with treatment and
- This program helped some of the most vulnerable patients receive care that they needed and reduced the burden on the community
- In addition to his regular schedule and duties, took on more leadership during
Emergency RN of the Year
Elizabeth Kruger, RN, Trauma Program Manager, Vail Health Hospital
- TPM at VHH for less than two years and has already been instrumental in education and up-to-date trauma
- Arranged trauma simulations, updated practices and policies, and is very knowledgeable with introducing
- Brings a “sense of humor that makes learning (and mistakes) “
- Calmly helps staff with procedures, including REBOA
- Stays late at night to help care for
- “We are lucky at Vail Health to have such a fun and intelligent TPM for staff, physicians, EMS and ultimately for our patients”.
Annual/Variable category: EMS Agency of the Year
Eagle County Paramedics Services
- Nominated for their “Incredible, community-wide impact they made during the epidemic, but also for the continued and tireless efforts maintained throughout the past year”.
- Eagle County was one of the 1st and hardest hit with
- Took a proactive approach to the pandemic including activating the emergency preparedness plan, securing PPE, and coordinating communication
- Proactively hired and trained 16 members of ski patrol for a surge crew. The surge but stayed on call for the
- Took a creative approach to reusable PPE
- Kept staff members safe during COVID-19
- Offered critical care inter-facility transport to surrounding areas
- Community Paramedics program went into homes for COVID-19 patients
- Use community resource navigators to support patients’ needs, including behavioral health.