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EKU Paramedic Students and Faculty Garner Awards

EKU Paramedic Students and Faculty Garner Awards

Last week, two separate groups of EKU paramedic students were honored for life saving work as well as excellence in academics.  On Wednesday, April 28, faculty member David Fifer and students Jon Gaddis, Leah Gaddis, Brad Harp and Ashley Brosmer were honored by EKU President Benson during the regularly scheduled Regents meeting held at the main campus. This was in recognition for their response to a motor vehicle accident that they encountered while returning from the EMS today conference in Baltimore Maryland.

In mid-February, while traveling back to the EKU campus, this group of faculty and students happened upon a motor vehicle accident on the interstate in central West Virginia.  This group arrived prior to the notification of the local EMS agency.  Upon assessing the situation, they determined that they had one patient of a single care MVC.  Further assessment revealed that this patient had a compromised airway and thus was classified as a high priority patient.  Having almost no medical equipment they were able to secure the patient’s airway, assess and treat other injuries and then turned treatment over to the local EMS. 

Shortly after the incident the family reached out to the group via the EKU Facebook page with a heartfelt thank you for the care that they gave.  They credited the calm, rapid response and treatment to the survival of their husband and brother.  After a stay in intensive care the patient was moved to a regular hospital room and then discharged to home.  President Benson remarked that he was proud to call EKU the “Commonwealth’s First Responder University” and cited the actions of this group as indicative of the high level of education that EMS graduates receive. 

The next day, paramedic student Reagan Clark was honored as the outstanding undergraduate student for the College of Justice and Safety.  Reagan Clark is the daughter of Jim and Valerie Clark of Harold, KY. She enjoys playing the guitar and listening to music. Reagan attended Big Sandy community and Technical College where she got an Associate’s degree in Science. When searching for post-secondary education, EKU was her first choice. EKU offered great opportunities for transfer students and Richmond felt as if it was ‘home away from home’.  During her first semester at EKU, she searched for what type of major she wanted to have. The paramedic program was different from the rest due to the fact that you could gain great clinical experience and proper education needed to go to Physicians Assistant School.

After gaining her paramedic license, Reagan plans to finish up her bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medical Care while working in the medical field. She will use her bachelor’s degree and her clinical experience to get into Physician’s assistant school. Reagan plans to apply for a position at Central Baptist Emergency Room, where she has already been in contact with the staff. Her dream is to graduate from University of Kentucky’s Physician’s Assistant program with great honor.

We are proud of the faculty and students within the Paramedic program.  With a paramedic degree from EKU students are regularly recognized and awarded even after their graduation by their communities and agencies.  If you are interested in what we have to offer and have questions, contact Program Director Bill Young at bill.young@eku.edu.  

Published on May 02, 2016

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