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New Jersey Paramedic Awarded Department’s Medal of Honor

During an ambulance fire, MONOC medic risked life to extinguish blaze



MONOC Mobile Health Service | | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wall, NJ – On May 9, 2014 MONOC paramedic Eric Noble was presented with MONOC’s Medal of Honor.  The Medal of Honor is MONOC’s second highest award and may be presented to uniformed employees who distinguish themselves by bravery or heroism or by exceptional behavior when one or more of the following exits:

• The act saved the life of another person with a degree of danger to the employee not amounting to great physical danger.
• Where the risk to life or great physical danger existed, and the employee did not have sufficient time to fully evaluate the situation.
• Where the employee who by their actions during this hazardous situation resolves the same with no death to a person and or reduced injuries.

On February 25, 2014, while he was assigned to paramedic unit 214 and returning to EMS Station 12 in Toms River, Paramedic Noble noticed that a MONOC ambulance was on fire in the station parking lot across from the highway where his unit was stopped at a traffic light. Paramedic Noble immediately contacted both the MONOC and Toms River Fire Department dispatch centers to notify them of the vehicle fire.  

As soon as Paramedic Noble was able to cross over the highway, he retrieved a fire extinguisher and attempted to put out the vehicle fire.  Paramedic Noble along with his co-workers and bystanders determined that the fire was too large to be extinguished by routine means and he quickly retrieved the keys to the ambulance that was parked adjacent to the burning ambulance.  

Without regard for his personal safety, Paramedic Noble entered vehicle 197 which was located just a few feet from the fire and quickly and safely backed the ambulance out of the way and into a more secure location.  Although the ambulance that caught fire was a total loss, no other damage occurred to the parking lot full of vehicles or the multilevel office building only a few feet away.

Jeff Behm, Senior Vice President and COO, said “We are so proud of Eric for his selfless act.  This is certainly not uncommon for an emergency services provider to react so instinctively. In risking his own safety, Eric may have prevented a much worse situation.”

MONOC Mobile Health Services is a non-profit hospital cooperative consisting of 15 acute care hospitals located throughout New Jersey.  Formed in 1978 MONOC’s mission is to improve health care and reduce costs.  MONOC Mobile Health Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and employs over 730 employees and operates a fleet of over 100 ambulances.  Together this shared services consortium acts as a health care cooperative for these acute care hospitals and over 2.8 million residents that they serve living in more than 1,800 square miles of the Garden State.

Among its numerous service lines, MONOC operates MICU Paramedic Services, Helicopter interfacility and 911 services, Mobile Critical Care Services, and Basic Life Support interfacility and 911 services.  Additionally, MONOC operates a  Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited education department which is  the largest EMS education department in New Jersey providing original and continuing medical education to EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and the general public.  Coordinating all of MONOC’s communications is an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) 24/7 state of the art 9-1-1 dispatch center which handled over 156,000 requests for service in 2013.

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