EMS icon dies


 
 

| Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Charles Sawkins, a thirty-six year member of Rural/Metro and an icon in the local EMS community died yesterday. Mr. Sawkins began his career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1971 and over the course of thirty-six years established many benchmarks for others to follow. Mr. Sawkins became one of Central New York's first Medical Emergency Technicians in 1971 and one of the area's first Advanced Emergency Medical Technician's in 1975. Mr. Sawkins also played an active role in the implementation of Emergency Medical Dispatching in the 1980's and worked as a system status controlling and communications supervisor. During Emergency Medical Services week in May of 2007 Rural/Metro honored Mr. Sawkins with its first ever lifetime achievement award for his accomplishments and dedicated its communication center by renaming it the "Charles J. Sawkins Communication Center".

For all his accomplishments, employees of Rural/Metro best knew him as the person who never forgot a birthday. Mr. Sawkins took time to give every employee a birthday card and hand written note on their birthday each year. He will truly be missed.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 3 - 7 PM at Russell H. Schepp & Son Funeral Home, 109 East Avenue, Minoa. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Minoa, 250 East Avenue, Minoa.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Industry News, Non-Line of Duty Deaths, History of EMS

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Ebola Changes How North Carolina EMS Responds to Calls

Concern about virus spread leads to new protocols.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Oklahoma Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Cases

Training and preparation are keys for metro hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS in Nevada Prepares for the Unexpected

Protocols and PPE protect AMR personnel.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Brace for Possible Ebola Patients

Union leader shares concern over precautions.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

CDC Ebola Training for Clinicians

Students learn the complexities of working in bulky suits.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >