Brewer gets Community Hero award from BCEMS
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Dec 22, 2013 | 984 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EMS Awards
KRISTIE BREWER was presented the “Community Hero” award for performing CPR on her mother, Joan Brewer. Bradley County Emergency Medical Service held its annual awards banquet recently and recognized both mother and daughter.
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Kristie Brewer had the earthly opportunity to give her mother Joan a second chance at life.

Actually, she gave her two chances — one in 2008, and again this year.

Kristie and her mother were honored at Bradley County Emergency Medical Services Christmas banquet, and several BCEMS employees were honored as well.

According to Stan Clark, information officer for BCEMS, Joan Brewer was saved through CPR efforts performed by Kristie.

“Joan Brewer's name has been included on our “2nd Chance for Life Plaque” twice. This plaque has names of CPR survivors and the responders who helped them. This is the first time someone has been placed on the plaque two times. Joan Brewer is, without question, a walking miracle,” said Danny Lawson, BCEMS director.

The Brewers were special guests at the function.

“We invited a group of patients and their families to come this year. It allows them to spend time with those EMTs and paramedics who cared for them. It also reminds responders how important their jobs are, and that their efforts make a difference in people's lives,” said Clark.

Kristie Brewer was given a plaque naming her the “Community Hero” for helping save her mother’s life.

Paramedic Eric Walters was awarded the “Employee of the Year,” for helping save the life of David Simonds.

Paramedic Chris Sample got the “Paramedic of the Year” award for working with Joan Brewer and helping bring her back to life through CPR, and EMT Billy Cochran was awarded “Part-time Employee of the Year.”

The Community Hero Award was established in 2011 and is given to residents who go above and beyond in getting involved and saving someone’s life.

A number of employees also received years of service plaques for their time with BCEMS.

They were David Hanshaw, paramedic, 15 years; Shirley Cagley, 25 years; Jeff Jones, paramedic, 15 years; Sonny Hayes, paramedic, 35 years; Lewis Merriman, critical-care paramedic, 30 years; Nicky Norwood, EMT, five years; Eric Johnson, paramedic, five years; Joe Thomason, critical care paramedic, 25 years; and DeVette Carter, paramedic, 10 years.