CT EMS Awards

These awards have been in existence since 1983 and were previously the purview of the Connecticut Emergency Medical Service Foundation. In early 2012 the Foundation contacted the Council of Regional Presidents (CORP) for assistance with the CT EMS Awards. As a result of these conversations, CORP has agreed to take a lead role in soliciting nominations and determining the recipients of the awards.

In an attempt to clarify the nomination requirements the award descriptions have been rewritten. We have also created an online nomination process (That will be available soon).

Previous Winners

Governor’s Award – For EMS Organizations

This award was established to recognize and commend an EMS Organization, whether career or volunteer in structure, that has enhanced the understanding and support of the EMS System through their public service, community education and contributions to a city, town, region or the state as a whole.

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Connecticut Public Health Commissioner’s Award

For an individual who has positively impacted the EMS system. The intent of this award is to recognize and commend an individual that has made an impact on pre-hospital care. The award provides an opportunity for the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health to recognize the talents and accomplishments of an individual’s promotion of the Emergency Medical Services System as a Public Health entity. The candidate may be nominated for efforts and accomplishments at the town, regional or state levels, and may be for participation on EMS committees, councils, organizations, or communications.

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Dr. Richard L. Judd Award

For Excellence of Lifetime Service Nationally. The intent of this award is to recognize and commend an individual whose work has made a lasting and significant impact on EMS at the national or international level.

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Dr. A.E. Hertzler Knox Award

The intent of this award is to recognize and commend an individual whose work has made a lasting and significant impact on EMS in Connecticut.

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Gillooly – Lawton Award

For Exceptional Providers who consider EMS a vocation. The intent of this award is to recognize and commend an individual whose chosen career is Emergency Medical Services. This award is named for Carol Gillooly and William Lawton who were killed in the line of duty.

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George A. Ganung Volunteer of the Year Award

The intent of this award is to recognize and commend a volunteer for his/her dedication to the service of others in his or her community. While recognizing one volunteer, the award recipient is an example of the tireless efforts of volunteers throughout Connecticut.

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Distinguished Achievement Award

This award recognizes and commends individuals who have given of their time and talents to improve the level of pre-hospital care. The candidate’s contribution may be to any facet of pre-hospital care at the town, regional or state level, and may be for direct patient care or for active participation on committees, councils, organizations, or communications.

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Dr. Mark E. Quigley Award – A Physician Award

The intent of this award is to recognize and commend a physician who demonstrates exemplary qualities as a teacher, visionary, and executor of the highest quality pre-hospital emergency medical care.

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Paul Winfield Smith Award – For Educational Excellence

The intent of the Paul Winfield Smith Instructional Achievement Award is to recognize and commend an EMS educator who excels as an instructor and/or has made a significant contribution to EMS through education.

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Gerald Ferrari Award

For “Behind the Scene” Supporters of EMS. The Gerald Ferrari Award was established to recognize and commend individuals who are “behind the scene” supporters of Emergency Medical Services in Connecticut who are not necessarily EMS practitioners, but rather, the unsung heroes whose work often goes on behind the scene and typically goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

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Legislator of the Year Award

The intent of this award is to recognize a legislator that has demonstrated legislative leadership and support for Emergency Medical Services in the State of Connecticut.

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