Bradley EMS earns ‘Star of Life’ again
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 25, 2014 | 1058 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Star of Life
BRADLEY County Emergency Medical Service officials were honored in Nashville for a fifth year in a row for their actions to save lives. From left are J.R. First, paramedic; Chris Painter, critical care paramedic; and Winston Wright, EMT. In front is patient survivor Jeffery Hussey. Hussey suffered life-threatening injuries when he crashed his bike last year.
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Six years ago, the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children launched a program in Nashville that recognized pre-hospital treatment and life-saving efforts for the eight Emergency Medical Service districts in the state. Five years in a row, Bradley County Emergency Medical Service has brought home the winning trophy for their actions in saving lives.

The story of Jeffery Hussey began on a warm spring afternoon just over a year ago. He had been riding his bicycle near Union Grove Church of Christ located on Bates Pike. Jeffery had been racing his bike down a steep hill when he traveled into the roadway and struck an SUV in the side.

Jeffery wasn’t wearing a protective helmet.

BCEMS officials determined he had suffered a serious head injury and was flown to Erlanger Medical Center via LifeForce.

“To the doctors’ amazement, Jeffery pulled through. He spent some time in Siskin Rehabilitation Center and is now home,” said EMS Public Information Officer Stan Clark after the Hussey family showed their appreciation for the service’s work to save Jeffery’s life.

In Nashville, the story was told again as EMS week began.

BCEMS was presented with “The Star of Life” award for their actions in pre-hospital care regarding Jeffery.

“This week begins National EMS Week 2014,” said BCEMS Director Danny Lawson. “The EMS Star of Life Awards was a great way to kick things off. We are honored and humbled once again to receive this award. I am very proud of each and every one at our service for their dedication and tireless efforts to help others.”

“The EMS Star of Life is designed to honor the accomplishments of EMS personnel from all regions of Tennessee who provide exemplary life-saving care to adult and pediatric patients,” Clark said. “The ceremony included a presentation of the actual adult and pediatric patient scenarios and reunited the EMS care givers and other responders with the individuals they treated. Recipients were chosen from each of the eight EMS regions in the state. Bradley County EMS represents Region 3.”

Jeffery was on hand at the presentation and recognition for BCEMS.

He received the TEMSC Survivor award, according to Clark.

"These types of calls are always a group effort,” Clark noted. “It takes everyone from our great 911 dispatchers who are the first to receive the calls to all of the supporting agencies to get the job done. We are truly blessed to live in a region with great emergency response resources like Bradley County Fire and Rescue and Erlanger LifeForce.”

He added, “To see Jeffery standing on that stage makes everything that we do worthwhile. He is a prime example of why we do this job.”

BCFR, Bradley County 911 and members of LifeForce were also presented pins and certificates.