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  • May 11, 2021 10:22 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Fred Jeffries
    Critical Care Transport Paramedic
    Boston Medflight

    Fred Jeffries, EMT-P, came to Boston MedFlight in January 2011 as an experienced flight paramedic. Fred had spent years learning and perfecting his critical care transport skills working for helicopter air ambulance providers in Northern California.

    Fred immediately adapted to his new environment and the wide scope of critical care Boston MedFlight provides to our region. After only a few years on the line as a shift paramedic, Fred volunteered to become a preceptor and eventually clinical educator for Boston MedFlight. As an educator, Fred has the tremendous responsibility to educate and orient new clinical staff. He often takes new hires from general nursing or trauma care nursing experience to critical care expertise. Additionally, through his personal interest in safety, he has taken on the role as our crew resource management trainer, understanding and teaching that essential communication link between the aviation and clinical professionals.

    Many people see problem areas, but Fred is the person who sees the problem and takes action! Fred recognized a lack of familiarization and safety training for clinical staff flying in our turboprop airplane. This lack of familiarization caused a hesitance for crews to transport patients in this vehicle. Tackling the problem head on, Fred developed a training syllabus that addressed many areas of concern, taught safety procedures and included hands-on simulation, inflight to gain acceptance by the crews. His training program has been a model for our other vehicle indoctrination program.

    Fred Jeffries is a talented clinician and educator, a caring healthcare professional and truly deserving of the Star of Life award and recognition.

  • May 11, 2021 9:31 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Erica Bulshey
    Advanced EMT
    County Ambulance

    Erica joined County Ambulance Service as a Basic EMT in 2008 after serving as a volunteer first responder with the Florida Fire Department beginning 2001. She became an Advanced EMT in 2011 and is currently studying to obtain her paramedic certification.

    Erica has always been known for her willingness to help under any circumstances but has really made her mark during the pandemic. She was one of the original members of the County Ambulance COVID response team. Erica has taken a lead role on the team helping coordinate the many testing operations and most recently assisting with our vaccination site efforts.

    When not at work caring for those in need or one of our many testing/vaccinations sites Erica enjoys her greatest hobby - being a "fur" mom to her three dogs (Jax, Sadie and Luna)!

    We at County Ambulance are proud to call Erica a star!

  • May 11, 2021 9:28 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Stacy Caterina
    MIH Paramedic
    Cataldo Ambulance

    Like many in EMS, Stacy got her start after a traumatic incident. Her father,a State Police officer, was killed in a motorcycle accident. It was a Lynn Fire Rescue paramedic that suggested EMS as a career option for her. Starting as an EMT with Cataldo eleven years ago, changed her life. The recipient of a paramedic scholarship, Stacy has become a seasoned clinician who now supports other paramedics and has recently gone on to become a MIH paramedic, furthering her dedication to caring for those in need.

    When she’s not in uniform as a paramedic, Stacy Caterina still uses her time to support others. One place you might find her is training local fire departments on the use of autism-friendly techniques. Raised in Lynn and living in Peabody, she has always been focused on supporting her community. In part due to her efforts, local fire rescue teams now integrate these new skills in support of the autism community. She has also raised thousands of dollars to support impoverished families in Lynn, and regularly rallies fellow EMS colleagues to support shelters, DCF and Head Start programs.

    The parent of an autistic child, a full time mom raising four children and juggling a busy schedule, Stacy always has time to share her energy and enthusiasm for her patients and her community. She has had significant challenges to face, and through each she has found a way to create something of value, enriching other people’s lives in the process.

  • May 11, 2021 9:24 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Chris Bargmann
    Northern Berkshire EMS

    After many years in another industry Chris Bargmann wanted a career where he could serve people in a more caring and compassionate role. Receiving his EMT certificate in Minnesota in 2013 he then relocated to Western Massachusetts where he worked for Action Ambulance (2016-current) primarily out of the Hadley Fire Department location. He took a short break to recover from open heart surgery then decided he wanted to do more in his EMS role. He continued to work full time at Action while going to school to receive his Paramedic License. With that in hand was offered an opportunity to work at the esteemed Northampton Fire Department (2020) as a Fire/Medic while still helping at Action Ambulance when needed.

    He was honored to be working with Northampton Fire but was offered a position with the non-profit organization Northern Berkshire EMS (2020-Current) in North Adams where he could continue his career of caring directly for patients as a medic. The family feel of NBEMS was a much better fit him and he remains there today caring for the people of North Adams Massachusetts.

    Chris is one of the most caring providers around. he is a true representation of what it means to be a Paramedic/healthcare provider. His willingness to learn, hardworking mentality and his integrity help to inspire others around her. Many seek Chris out as a mentor due to his easy going and calm demeanor. Nobody is ever a bother and Chris is very easy to speak with. When he is not cleaning the station or washing his truck, Chris has been found helping others study for exams both in EMS and Nursing. It is with that; we are honored to submit Paramedic Chris Bargmann for the Star of Life award.

  • May 11, 2021 9:21 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Antonio Velazquez
    Patriot Ambulance

    Antonio "Tony" Velazquez began his career at Patriot back in November 2009. He took after his Father who spent 30 years working as an EMT. Tony excels at providing compassionate care and comfort to all of his patients, often putting a smile on their faces with his humor. He is a great mentor to new and seasoned employees. He is also an amazing Grandfather to his 4-month-old grandson. We are proud that he is a part of the Patriot family!

  • May 11, 2021 9:19 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Camron Kennedy
    Patriot Ambulance

    Camron Kennedy came to Patriot Ambulance in January of 2020 after spending 2-1/2 years in Louisiana as a critical care Paramedic. His knowledge and experience came right along with him - making him a great mentor to his co-workers. Camron's positive attitude and willingness to help others is truly inspiring. His patient care is second to none. We are proud that he is a part of the Patriot family!

  • May 11, 2021 9:16 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Mark Davenport

    Spaulding Rehab Hospital Ambulance

    Mark Davenport has been with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Ambulance Service since 2016. He brings an energy and drive with him every day that is unmatched. Mark is continually looking for opportunities to improve himself and his knowledge, his clinical skills and his ability to provide outstanding patient care. It was his energy and drive to succeed that made him a natural choice to help the department in our COVID-19 response. As the network was preparing to begin receiving COVID patients that were in need of post-acute care, the department needed to develop policies and practices that kept provider safety at the forefront without compromising the ability to care for patients. Mark helped to develop all our safety protocols and train all department staff. During the COVID pandemic, Mark served as our Safety Officer and made it his personal goal to keep our staff safe. The safety program that Mark developed went far beyond the written procedures and created an environment where the EMTs and Paramedics that were transporting COVID patients felt safe and secure that their safety was of the utmost priority. In the early days of the pandemic response, Mark's efforts and work in developing and implementing our safety program, helped reduce provider stress and anxiety, allowing them to focus on patient care while knowing that he had their back and was watching out for them. We thank Mark for his dedication and commitment to keeping our crews safe and are proud to call Mark Davenport our 2021 Massachusetts Star of Life.

  • May 11, 2021 9:09 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Glen Timmons
    Mobile Healthcare Paramedic
    Spaulding Rehab Hospital Ambulance 

    Glen has been with Spaulding Hospital Ambulance Service since 2018. From the moment he joined the organization, Glen continually goes above and beyond to provide the highest levels of clinical care and professionalism. He is seen a leader and role model by his peers and is well respected across the network. Glen's decades of experience and drive to succeed made him the ideal clinician as the department began operating a mobile healthcare program as part of the COVID-19 response. Since our mobile healthcare program launched last spring, Glen has been the primary clinical provider for the program. His clinical knowledge, dedication, and passion and commitment to the program and the patients we serve continue to drive the program forward, advancing the care we are able to provide and has been the critical key to the success of our mobile healthcare program. Whether he is comforting a patient in need, helping out a staff member or advocating for what he believes in, Glen always gives it all he has. We are extremely grateful to have him as part of the team and are proud to call Glen Timmons our 2021 Massachusetts Star of Life.

  • May 07, 2021 12:15 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Todd Beaudet
    Atlantic Ambulance

    Todd has been in EMS for the past 26 years as an EMT serving the City of Lynn—a City that he is absolutely attached to. His ability to treat all patients with respect, no matter how disrespectful they may become is astonishing.

    On April 3, 2020, Todd was rushed to the hospital by his co-workers for difficulty breathing. It turns out that Todd was COVID positive and that he contracted COVID through one of his patients a week earlier. Todd was on a ventilator for 42 days, and then in a Rehabilitation Hospital for another 46 days. Todd has not fully recovered from this illness and will not be able to work on the road in a position that he is absolutely committed to.

    Did Todd give up? The answer to that question is no, he is not giving up. Todd is happy to be alive to be able to spend time with his family, and he will be returning to EMS in June as a full time Dispatcher. If you ask Todd, he is grateful for the opportunity to return into any role in EMS. This outlook on life, especially after what he has been through, is not a trait found in many individuals. Todd is truly one of the best EMS has ever experienced.

  • May 06, 2021 1:31 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    George Beckwith
    Northern Berkshire EMS

    George Beckwith started his career with Northern Berkshire EMS, formally known as North Adams Ambulance back in 1989. That’s right, George has been serving the residents of Northern Berkshire County for longer than most of our current employees have been alive.

    George has been an EMT for the better part of 30 years, and while in EMS you can never say “you’ve seen it all”, George has most certainly experienced more excitement, loss, trials, and tribulations than your average bear. The war stories George has accumulated over the years are unmatched. You can always find him in the bay sharing a tale from back in the day when Paramedics didn’t exist and you had to improvise with what you had on the rig.

    With those years of service comes knowledge, understanding and a sense of calmness even in the most chaotic scenes. George has been a constant on the overnight shifts here at NBEMS, a shift that requires all those attributes listed above and then some. Anyone who works overnights understands, it takes a different breed of person to work those hours. Over the years George has taken many a new partner, EMTs and Paramedics alike, and shown them the ropes. George has had a hand in molding many great providers within this agency.

    In his off time, you can find George in a different uniform - standing behind home plate on a baseball diamond, or the 50 yard line of the football field. George has been an umpire for the local youth, high school and college sports teams for many a year. Sports are a passion of his and when the seasons are in full swing, George will be on the go from the moment he leaves work at 8am.

    Dedication, reliability, humility and a willingness to learn are core values any EMS provider should possess. George embodies all of those traits and many more that he has acquired in his 30+ year career. It is because of these attributes, George’s peers nominated him for this year’s Star of Life recognition. Thank you George for your dedicated service to Northern Berkshire EMS, our employees and the community we serve.