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  • April 03, 2017 7:51 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars of Life!

    James Garvin
    Paramedic, Supervisor
    Muskogee County EMS
    Muskogee, Oklahoma

    James Garvin began his career in EMS relatively late in life. Prior to becoming an EMT, James worked for 21 years as a machine operator for a nationally known paper production company. During his employment with the paper company, James became a member of the fire brigade and Emergency Response Team. When he retired in 2006, he came to Muskogee County EMS. Since he has been with us, James has furthered his education and is now a Paramedic. In addition to his duties as a Paramedic, James is a supervisor, Field Training Officer, and a certified CLEET officer and tactical medic with the Muskogee Police Department.

    James has embraced his new career with passion and professionalism. Soon after he started as an EMT, James saw a need to enhance our service’s mapping programs. On his own time and without expectation, James wrote and distributed a 30 page mapping companion that alphabetized and gave simple, easy-to-follow directions to the most obscure streets, avenues, and roads in our county. Even with our current mapping programs, medics still rely on the directions in James’s map book when they receive a call for an address on an unknown street.

    In the last 10 years with Muskogee County EMS, James has received numerous awards and accolades. Some of his many awards include EMT-Basic of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Paramedic of the Year, Employee of the Month, and most importantly to him, multiple code saves. When asked what he likes most about this job, James is quick to say that it is the satisfaction of knowing he’s helped save someone’s life. “When I get there and they are in cardiac arrest, not breathing, no pulse, and then later they are being discharged from the hospital and sometimes even coming to see you and say ‘Thank you,’ well, it’s just something that can’t be explained. It’s the best thing in the world,” James explained.

    When James is not working, he still stays busy. He and his wife, Chanel, recently built a new house on 40 acres, doing all of the work themselves! James also loves to hunt and fish and spend time with his four sons, his two step-sons, and six grandchildren.

    Each day James exemplifies the standard for Muskogee County EMS in his professionalism, his compassion, and his exemplary performance. Muskogee County EMS is honored to endorse James Garvin for the Oklahoma Ambulance Association Star of Life Award, 2017.

  • April 03, 2017 7:48 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Debbie Ferguson

    EMT
    Woodward County EMS
    Freedom, Oklahoma 

    Debbie Ferguson is a Basic EMT with Woodward County EMS. Debbie has worked for us for 15 years, starting as part time and working into a full time position.

    Debbie is fun to be around and she takes her job seriously. She gets along with coworkers and patients and is very capable of working with the ALS providers as she knows how to set up equipment for their needs. Debbie is great at teaching the new hires the daily routine. She teaches the importance of checking, cleaning, and restocking units as well as maintenance of the ambulance base. Sweeping, mopping and laundry are not skills that are taught in EMT classes, but they play an integral part in the day to day operations of EMS. Debbie sometimes has to be the “mom”.

    Debbie also maintains the inventory, and restocks and rotates supplies assuring the readiness of our Regional disaster response equipment.

    We are also proud to name Debbie as a Star of Life.

  • April 03, 2017 7:42 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars of Life!

    Andrea Nicole Earley
    Paramedic/Public Event Coordinator
    Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service
    Ardmore, OK
    2015 SOAS Employee of the Year


    Andrea Earley has a bright spirit and a heart to serve her community. She is a great Paramedic, but her real talent shines through the amazing community events she develops as the Public Event Coordinator.

    Andrea organizes activities with the Ardmore Touch a Truck, Kid’s Day in the Park and citywide bicycle safety programs. She sets up and promotes numerous area school crash bashes for drunk driving awareness education of high school students.

    Andrea designs and sells company t-shirts for breast cancer awareness, then donates the proceeds to support those fighting cancer. This year, Andrea voluntarily coordinated the emergency care and medical support for the 2017 Tim Tebow “Night to Shine Event,” a special needs prom night celebration.

    Andrea is always willing to jump in and help serve people, and she always pushes for positive promotion of EMS within the community. Her heart to serve goes beyond just working in EMS, as she is truly a shining star in our community.

  • April 03, 2017 7:30 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Josh Boden
    EMS Director 
    Watonga EMS
    Watonga, Oklahoma

    Watonga EMS is proud to submit Josh Boden as an OKAMA Star of Life. Josh, a Watonga native, is a very driven person, and is passionate about his role as Director of EMS.

    Following graduation from Watonga High School, Josh began his life of service by devoting five years to the Army, during which he attained the rank of Section Sergeant. His service included a deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    When Watonga EMS was on the verge of closing its doors in early 2016, Josh played a significant role in reorganizing the Service and mapping out a sustainable plan for its future. This was accomplished in a period of one month. Licenses were obtained, State inspections were successfully accomplished, and a third party billing company was contracted to address all of the issues on the billing side of the operation.

    Shyla Teply, Watonga City Clerk, noted that, “Josh Boden has gone above and beyond what was expected of him as a Paramedic, father, volunteer Fireman, and citizen of our community to assure our City that a well-trained staff was operational within a very short period of time. I strongly believe that without Josh and his staff’s quick response to the need, our community could have experienced a tremendous loss. They are very professional in every way.”

  • April 03, 2017 7:27 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars of Life!

    Devin Anderson
    Emergency Vehicle Operator
    EMSStat / NRHS
    Norman, Oklahoma
    EMSStat’s Crimestopper EVO of the Year

    Devin joined EMSStat in August of 2015 in the role of EVO as part of the Moore expansion. He is currently in Paramedic school and will graduate this spring. 

    Devin personifies hard work and dedication. Devin was hired as EMSSTAT expanded into Moore and in that push to hire high quality EMT’s/Paramedics, we definitely found what the department was looking for. 

    Devin will frequently accept last minute requests to fill open shifts and he will do so without hesitation or complaint. Devin frequently cancels personal plans and rearranges his schedule to meet the department’s staffing needs. He does so out of a deep sense of duty and responsibility. 

    In his short time at EMSSTAT, Devin has garnered the respect of his peers and has even earned a spot on the EMSSTAT Disaster Medical Response Team (DMRT). EMSSTAT’s DMRT is one of only two such teams in the state. This is an all-hazards team tasked with responding to disaster and mass casualty events anywhere in the state of Oklahoma for up to two week deployments. Devin has quickly become a dedicated and important member of the team. Devin strives, always, to provide support and solidarity to his crew mates.

    Devin makes extremely valuable contributions to NRHS/EMSStat each day and demonstrate the ICARE behaviors very well.


  • April 03, 2017 7:18 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars of Life!

    Jackie Adams
    Paramedic
    Woodward County EMS
    Woodward, OK

    Jackie Adams has been with Woodward County EMS for 37 years.  She began her career as an EMT Basic, then continued her education to the Paramedic level.  Jackie is an employee that goes above and beyond what is required of her.  She has volunteered to cover extra shifts and is the one to call when help is needed in a hurry for high call volume.  Due to paramedic shortage, Jackie has been called on to make more than her share of ALS emergent long distance transfers, many in the middle of the night.  The long distance transfers are usually at least 140 miles.  Jackie also supports the mission of Woodward County EMS and is a great historian to the new employees.

    Woodward County EMS is very pleased to nominate Jackie Adams as a Star of Life.   


  • March 21, 2017 10:40 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    From AIMHI:

    Support Services such as logistics and fleet functions are the 'power behind the punch' of any high value EMS Organization. Fleet operations in particular require expert management and forward planning to ensure it is mission ready for today's operations and compliant with changes to vehicle safety and manufacturing specifications in the future.

    Managing such complex task vehicles in any EMS system is both a professional and full time occupation. National Award Winning (EMS10) Director of Support Services at the Richmond Ambulance Authority, Dan Fellows and James Neitz, Manager - Supply & Logistics for Northwell Health, will lead this webinar and literally deliver the nuts and bolts of a high performing ambulance fleet.


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  • March 08, 2017 7:14 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    ZOLL will host a free webinar on "Phrases of Rejection—Words That Lead to Denied Claims" on March 16. 

    Phrases of Rejection—Words That Lead to Denied Claims
    March 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 CT
    Speaker: Steve Johnson, PWW
    1 NAAC CEU

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  • January 31, 2017 9:02 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Oklahoma Ambulance Association past president Rebecca B. Williamson for her selection as Muskogee County EMS's Unsung Hero of the Year. Great job, Rebecca!



  • December 19, 2016 3:11 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    The board of the Oklahoma Ambulance Association wishes EMS professionals across the state a joyful and relaxing holiday season. Thank you for your dedicated service to your communities.


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