St. Anthony Community Hospital hosts awards dinner for first responders

| 29 Sep 2011 | 11:52

Warwick - St. Anthony Community Hospital recognized the emergency medical providers and first responders in its service area on Thursday evening, May 31, by joining with MedExcel USA to host a First Responder Recognition Dinner at Crystal Spring Country Club and SPA in Hewitt, N.J. Approximately 200 attendees from police, fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies attended the event which included a reception in the Crystal Spring Green Room followed by a dinner in the country club’s main hall. During the evening actual patient scenarios were reviewed and two families were reunited with the EMS caregivers and pre-hospital first responders who treated them in the field. “As the daughter of a firefighter,” said Leah Cerkvenik, executive vice president/administrator of the Warwick Healthcare Campus, “I was raised to believe that service to humanity is the greatest work of all. Tonight, I am indeed humbled to be with a group of individuals who live this everyday. Together we’re on a mission to build, to grow and to serve. May God bless you and keep you safe always.” St. Anthony Community Hospital Emergency Department and MedExcel USA representatives then presented “Celebration of Life” service awards to 109 individuals for their continued support, dedication and extraordinary service to the communities they serve. Special awards also were presented to several outstanding nurses from St. Anthony Community Hospital and to Dr. Dominic Cappelleri. During the presentations, Fred Bohn, whose life was saved when he was treated and then rushed to the emergency room by first responders, took the microphone to express his gratitude to all those present. His wife, Nancy, then asked to speak and told those first responders, “You gave me back the man I love.” Awards Here are the names of the people and agenices recognized last week at the St. Anthony Community Hospital first-responders awards dinner: • Crew members Allison Ahearn, EMT Bill Elwood, EMT Bob Hansen, SFA Bill Nolan, SFA Bryan Reynolds, EMT Bob Sanford, EMT Barbara Hansen, EMT Charles Atwell, Paramedic Cathy Conroy, EMT David Blassberger, Paramedic Dennis English, SFA David Kurpick, EMT Daniel Noony, Paramedic Daniel Vazquez, EMT Emma Gallagher, EMT Frank Cassanite, EMT Frank Zuerleid, Paramedic Holly King, Junior Member John Blake, EMT Jason Capponi, Paramedic JoAnn Cheney, EMT Joe Gallagher, EMT Jackie Mann, EMT Jacquelyn Rivera, EMT Julie Gallagher, EMT Ken Conroy, EMT Karl Gjertsen, Paramedic Kathleen McCormick, EMT Kevin McGrath, Paramedic Ken Miller, CFR Kelly Pikul, EMT Lona Oleniczak, EMT Moshe Amsel, Paramedic Mike Contaxis, SFA Mark Idsall, EMT Michael King, EMT Millie Little, EMT-Critical Care Michael Loughlin, Paramedic Maria Malara, EMT Mark Mazzella, EMT Marc Roe, EMT Nancy DeAngelo, EMT Nate King, Paramedic Neil Ryan Sr., EMT Paul Bruno, EMT Patrick Loudenslager, EMT Pat Mills, EMT Robert Ackerson, EMT Robert Hamilton, EMT Rich Koziola, Fire Chief/SFA Robert Lemin, EMT Raymond Milazzo, EMT Rob Rinker, EMT-Critical Care Robyn Shamarek, EMT Ruth Vineis, EMT Steve Clark, EMT Scott Coppolo, Paramedic Sandy Sanford, EMT Theresa Valenti, EMT Wayne Stansfield, EMT Wendy Thomas, EMT • Ambulance Corps Regional EMS Mobile Life Support Services Blooming Grove Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chester Volunteer Ambulance Corps Florida Volunteer Ambulance Corps Glenwood-Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Greenwood Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps Lenape Volunteer Ambulance Corps Monroe Volunteer Ambulance Corps Pine Island Volunteer Ambulance Corps Town of Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps Tuxedo Volunteer Ambulance Corps Upper Greenwood Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps Vernon Township Ambulance Squad Warwick Community Ambulance Service West Milford Volunteer First Aid Squad • Fire Departments Pine Island Fire Department Warwick Fire Department Wawayanda Fire Department • Police Departments and officers Florida Police Department Warwick Police Department Mike Hoffman Paul Todora Steve Helmrich Tim Lowry • Emergency Department nurses Deborah Freeman, RN Heike Schroback, RN Jane Lambkin, RN