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Employees and volunteers honored at recognition ceremony

Post Date:10/10/2019 10:21 AM
South County Fire recently honored employees, volunteers and citizens at a recognition banquet:

Volunteer of the Year:  Kim Sharpe. Sharpe, an Edmonds resident, has been a leader in South County Fire’s Community Emergency Response Team program. He has trained hundreds of community members to be ready when disaster strikes and has dedicated well over 500 hours to disaster preparedness.
Lifesaving Award:  Capt. Andy Irish and Firefighter/Paramedic Cory Dowell.  Irish and Dowell provided lifesaving care to a 19-year-old patient with a traumatic injury. This call required advanced paramedic skills that are difficult to perform under any circumstances. Working under extreme pressure, Irish and Dowell acted quickly and skillfully to save a life.

Lifesaving Award:  Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Larson and Firefighter Eric Anderson.  Larson and Anderson were the first to arrive at a 911 call for a severely injured 14-year-old patient. In the face of many complications and challenges, Larson and Anderson worked flawlessly, hand to hand, to establish a surgical airway to keep the patient alive with the support of the other South County Fire crews

Meritorious Service Award: Medical Services Officer Chris East.  Over 10 years, East collected data and worked on bringing a robust computer program to South County Fire to streamline and electronically process departmental tasks such as rig checks, service tickets, equipment repairs, computer issues and facilities requests. This reduces the use of printed forms as well as provides real-time data on the status of services. East also spearheaded training for the entire agency on how to use the new system.

Meritorious Service Award: Interim Chief Doug Dahl. During his 30 years in the fire service, Dahl has served in every position, except paramedic. Throughout his career and now serving as interim fire chief, Dahl has represented South County Fire with exceptional professionalism, keeping in mind the best interest of citizens and employees. 

Distinguished Service Award:  Commissioner Jim McGaughey.  McGaughey is nearing the end of his six-year term as a fire commissioner. He has served the residents of south Snohomish County for more than 45 years. He began his career as a firefighter with Snohomish County Fire District 1 in 1973 and moved through the ranks to deputy chief of training. After retiring from the fire department, he took on a new role as an instructor for the Edmonds School District Fire Service Technology program. McGaughey’s contributions have made a positive and lasting impact on the firefighting profession in Snohomish County.

Civilian Employee of the Year:  Shawneri Guzman. Guzman has developed, increased and implemented programs to improve services since joining South County Fire as a fire and life safety education specialist two years ago. She has assisted in the coordination of more than 55 community events this year, bolstered the Fire Corps program, managed the ACT First Aid program until a coordinator could be hired and enabled South County Fire to become the lead agency for Safe Kids of Snohomish County. 

Firefighter of the Year:  Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Case.  Case reviews quality assurance on every lifesaving intubation performed by more than 100 paramedics. He reviews hundreds of reports and provides insightful feedback to improve the quality of patient care. Last year, Case also took on the task of outfitting medic units with equipment and supplies, ensuring they were appropriately stocked and ready to go into service.
Civilian Recognition: Tanya Rae Piper. Piper earned her name as the Cake Lady by baking and delivering birthday cakes to all Lynnwood firefighters. When the Lynnwood Fire Department and Fire District 1 combined to form South County Fire two years ago, Piper took on the daunting task of making and delivering birthday cakes for all 270 firefighters at 14 fire stations as well as a monthly cake for administrative staff at Headquarters. 

South County Fire is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, serving nearly 250,000 residents in unincorporated communities and the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

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