Washington, D.C.—The James O. Page Charitable Foundation and JEMS, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, named Benjamin F. Jones, EMT-P, as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service in Emergency Medical Services.
Jones, 90, received the Award at the EMS Today Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2013.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of EMS over the course of a career,” said Keith Griffiths, president of the James O. Page Charitable Foundation. “Ben’s sincerity, devotion to excellence and dedication to the people he serves have made him a legend among emergency responders for three decades,” he added.
Jones began his EMS career as a volunteer EMT with Shelter Island (N.Y.) Ambulance, and attended a paramedic program while serving as the chairman of a major insurance corporation—all unknown to his fellow executives. Upon retiring from the corporate world, he began devoting even more time to his new calling, working as an urban paramedic in western Massachusetts and eventually joining a career fire department near his home in Stuart, Fla., where he works one 24-hour shift a week.
He served as a first responder at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, in Florida after Hurricane Andree, and more recently in New York during Hurricane Sandy.
But according to Jeff Lucia, a former paramedic partner of Jones’ who presented him with the Award, Ben’s true gift is inspiring the people around him. “In every agency where he’s worked, Ben has encouraged countless people—many of them less than one-quarter his age—to step up, to do the right thing, to advance their education, to take on new challenges, to become everything they’re capable of being,” Lucia said.
He makes every patient feel like their well-being is the most important thing in the world when they’re under his care, and he does the same thing with every EMT, paramedic, firefighter and police officer he works with,” Lucia added.
Jones, who received a standing ovation from the audience at EMS Today, remarked that he doesn’t plan to step away from EMS anytime soon. “It’s a thrill to be involved in a profession where you really and truly are giving something to people,” he said.
A video of the Award presentation is at http://www.jems.com/video/ems-today-2013-closing-keynote.
About the James O. Page Charitable Foundation
The Foundation was created as a non-profit 501-c3 to continue the leadership, legacy and life’s work of James O. Page by improving emergency medical services, fire services, public health services and public safety services while advancing these professions. In addition to the JOP Collection, the Foundation seeks to preserve Jim’s memory and tap his inspirational message through the encouragement and vetting of his name on buildings, awards, lectures and other appropriate places. The James O. Page Project for Leadership Development will further the EMS and Fire professions by encouraging the development of the next generation of leaders.
More information is available at http://www.jamesopage.org.