By Jennifer Mehigan

Several members of Boston EMS were recognized last night at the 12th Annual MBEMSC (Metro Boston EMS Council) Region IV Awards. The awards are aimed at recognizing individuals and departments that strive to improve the delivery of pre-hospital care and perform meritorious service above and beyond the expectations of the profession.

“The EMTs and Paramedics of Boston EMS rarely receive the public recognition they deserve, so it is truly an honor to have so many members of the service recognized last night. My staff is extremely dedicated to performing their best for the people of Boston,” Chief James Hooley said. “It is a special honor that Dianne Cavaleri was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. I have worked with Dianne for years, and her dedication not only to Boston EMS, but to the EMS profession as a whole has been unwavering throughout her career.”

Boston EMS Award winners:

  • Telecommunicator of the Year – EMT Sara Curry
  • EMS Supervisor of the Year – Lieutenant Rich McCready
  • Innovation of the Year – Boston EMS Diabetic Refusal Follow-up
  • Erwin F. Hirsch Lifetime Achievement – Superintendent Dianne Cavaleri

EMT Sara Curry – On December 31, 2011, Boston EMS EMT Sara Curry received a 9-1-1 call from a pregnant female in active labor who was attempting to drive herself to the hospital. The caller also had children in the car with her; the oldest was a 12-year-old girl. After instructing the patient to pull over and stop, Curry quickly determined the location of the vehicle as well as other information. Curry then calmly instructed the young girl how to help her mother deliver the baby. Curry maintained a calm and reassuring demeanor, and ensured the baby was safe before crews arrived.

Lieutenant Rich McCready – A 27-year veteran of Boston EMS, Lt. McCready is assigned to Dispatch Operations where he and his staff answer more than 100,000 requests for help each year through the City of Boston’s 911 emergency systems. Lt. McCready has been involved in several extraordinary incidents and his professionalism is an inspiration to the staff around him.

Boston EMS Diabetic Refusal Follow-up Program – Diabetes is a growing health concern across the country. If not properly monitored, an individual can have hypoglycemic events, where a person’s blood sugar is dangerously low. The Boston EMS Diabetic Refusal program provides a wellness check within a short window of a hypoglycemic incident. Patients meeting the case criteria receive a follow-up phone call by a Paramedic in an effort to ensure they have the resources to maintain their blood sugar in a safe range.

Superintendent Dianne Cavaleri – Dianne began as an “ambulance driver” in 1975 before being hired as one the City’s first women EMTs. She received promotions to Paramedic, and then to her current rank of Superintendent of Special Operations. Throughout her career- whether working as an EMT in Dorchester, a Paramedic in Roxbury, or a Superintendent overseeing Special Operations- she has been committed to improving the recognition of EMS as a profession; enhancing the safety, equipment, training, and benefits of EMS personnel; and collaborating with other public safety partners to ensure not only the highest quality pre-hospital care possible, but to help turn EMS into a profession.

Boston EMS is the City of Boston’s premier emergency medical services provider and the largest municipal EMS service in New England. As a nationally recognized leader and innovator in the field of pre-hospital emergency medicine, the department leverages the latest advances in both medicine and technology to bring cutting edge care to the streets of Boston. In 2011, Boston EMS’ team of EMTs and Paramedics responded to nearly 108,000 calls for help and transported over 78,000 patients to area hospitals, making the department one of the busiest services in the country. The men and women of Boston EMS work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to deliver state-of-the-art pre-hospital emergency medical care to the people of Boston.

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Jennifer is the director of media relations for Boston EMS. EMS is a department of the Boston Public Health Commission.