President & CEO Jim Swartz presents Wylie Fire Rescue’s Brandon Gibson EMT-P
with a 2007 Great First Responder’s Award with Wylie Fire Chief Randy Corbin looking
on. The presentation was made at the
Council’s meeting on 9/11/07.
About Great First Responder Awards:
First responders are the unsung heroes who respond day and night, in all kinds of
weather, to life threatening situations without hesitation or delay. A first responder
can be a fireman, an EMT, a policewoman, or a communications specialist in a first
responder agency. They can be a paid professional in an urban department or a volunteer
in a small, rural community. They all have a few things in common. They care about
their fellow citizens and are willing to respond to all kinds of emergencies including
some horrific situations. They are usually the first ones on the scene. They must
make quick decisions, often in seconds, that can determine whether someone will
survive a terrible accident. They must take care of the patient, protect the public
and summon help. Sometimes at night. Sometimes in awful weather. And sometimes alone.
But even if they are alone, they are backed up by a team of people who are ready,
on a moment’s notice, to bring additional resources. They don’t ask for your health
insurance card. They don’t ask whether you are a citizen. They assess your situation
and proceed to give you as much aid and comfort as they can. These are First Responders.
These are our community’s first line of defense against the tragic events that occur
in our communities all too often.
Responder Awards honor a group of first responders chosen by their peers in each
of the departments represented. The best of the best in
. Unsung heroes. Unrecognized heroes. We honor them for:
For going above and beyond the call of duty as a first responder.
to the highest level of emergency care in the field.
For demonstrating rofessionalism
and setting the standard for your peers in life threatening
situations. For putting service
above self and making our communities better places to
We also recognize
their families for the support and encouragement they offer the first responder
in their family. A father, a mother, a husband, a wife, a son, a daughter, a brother,
a sister. Without family support, these award winners and all first responders would
find their mission difficult if not impossible.
The Great First
Responder Awards program is co-sponsored by CareFlite and the North Central Texas
Trauma Regional Advisory Council.