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2021 MA Star of Life: George Beckwith, Northern Berkshire EMS

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.