2022 Awards Program
The 2022 Awards Program is now accepting nominations. Click below for more information and application.
Nominations due 4/30/22
- Pre-hospital ALS Provider
- Pre-hospital EMS BLS Provider (EMT, EMR, including paid or volunteer positions)
- Public Safety Professional (Dispatch, Fire, Law Enforcement)
- Community Professional (Public Health, Injury Prevention, Community Paramedic)
- Emergency Registered Nurse
- Annual Variable Category, as needed- Board members may vote to include an additional category annually. Examples include but are not limited to Career lifetime Achievement, Volunteer Lifetime Achievement, EMS agency, ER physician, or Medical Director.
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.