CT EMS Awards

In existence since 1983 and previously the purview of the Connecticut Emergency Medical Service Foundation. In early 2012 the Foundation contacted the Council of Regional Chairpersons (CORC) for assistance with the CT EMS Awards. As a result of these conversations, CORC had agreed to take a lead role in soliciting nominations and determining the recipients of the awards. CORC, now known as the Council of Regional Presidents (CORP), continues the tradition of recognizing and honoring our EMS professionals and those who are supportive of the EMS System in Connecticut. 

In an attempt to simplify and streamline the nomination process, the award names and descriptions have been rewritten. We have also created an on-line nomination process. Each award, along with a description and a link to the nomination form, is listed below.

The deadline for nominations has been extended until further notice. 

Previous Winners

EMS Agency of the Year Award

Formerly: Governor’s Award – For EMS Organizations

This award was established to recognize and commend an EMS Organization, whether commercial 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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Leadership in EMS Award

Formerly: 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 EMS Community 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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Lifetime Service Award

Established in 1996 in Honor of Dr. Richard L. Judd

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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EMS Impact Award

Established in 1986 in Honor of Dr. A.E. Hertzler Knox

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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EMS Vocation Award

Established in 1991 in memory of Carol Gillooly and William Lawton

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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Volunteer of the Year Award

Established in 1990 in memory of George A. Ganung

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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Physician of the Year Award

Established in 1998 in Honor of Dr. Mark E. Quigley

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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Educator of the Year Award

Established in Honor of Paul Winfield Smith

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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EMS Supporter of the Year Award

Established in 1997 in Honor of Gerald Ferrari

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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EMS Unit Citation Award – NEW

The Unit Citation recognizes acts of organizations, units, or specially constituted teams in providing emergency prehospital care or EMS system support activities under extreme circumstances.

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Youth EMS Provider of the Year Award – NEW

This award is to recognize a person from 14 to 18 years of age. This person must be an EMR or an EMT. They should have dedication and commitment to providing proper patient care. They should go above and beyond other youth members of their service.

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EMS Communications Award – NEW

To honor an individual(s) or group who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of emergency medical dispatch or EMS communications system planning/administration in the State of Connecticut.

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Years of Service Awards – NEW

CT EMS Awards Committee provides certificates of recognition for Years of Service at 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. These awards are not presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony but will be noted in the program book and sent to the individual by mail.

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“Last Call” Recognition – NEW

In memory of those members of the Connecticut EMS community who passed away during the previous year. There will be a moment of silence to honor these individuals and their names will be noted in the program book.

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