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Florida County Honors Top EMS Professionals

At its Tuesday meeting, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners named this year's Emergency Medical Services Professionals of the Year.

The awards are given each year in May in honor of EMS Week, locally commemorating the EMS professionals working for Pinellas County's emergency medical services system.

This year's Paramedic of the Year is SWAT Paramedic Chris Eisenhardt.

We want to be the best, said Eisenhardt. We want to make sure that our head is focused and we are on point at all times.

Sunstar EMT Jay Horne was named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.

We are highly dedicated, highly professional and highly trained, said Horne. That is hands down the most important part of the system.

Pinellas County 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Terri Griffin was named Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year. Terri and her teammates were instrumental in locating a stroke patient who was unable to provide paramedics his location. We don't do it for the honor or the glory, said Griffin. We just do it because we want to help people.

The award recipients each received a plaque and a cash award from the Pinellas Federal Credit Union.

EMS Week is celebrated nationally each May by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The theme of this year's celebration is: Dedicated for Life.



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