The Illinois Department of Public Health is honoring three Jerseyville residents for their life-saving actions.
Brody Hagen, Sydney Brangenberg and Kali DeSherlia are among the winners of this year’s EMS Hero Award. On Aug. 5, 2013, the trio shifted into high gear when a 4-year-old fell into the deep end of a pool and sank to the bottom. The three heroes worked flawlessly together as Brody jumped into the pool and pulled the child to safety. The three then immediately worked together to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – saving the child’s life.
To recognize the heroic efforts of emergency medical services (EMS) responders, Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed May 18 to 24, 2014, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Illinois. As part of that recognition, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced 10 winners of the 2014 EMS Hero Award.
The public can show its support for EMS providers by posting notes of gratitude on www.facebook.com/IDPH.Illinois and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IDPH) pages using the hash tag #IDPHEMSHeroes.
Every year, firefighters, police officers, paramedics and others throughout the state send their nominations to the IDPH for the annual EMS Hero Award. The nominations received are just a few of the many heroic acts people dedicated to saving lives do on a regular basis.
In Illinois, there are 66 EMS resource hospitals, 67 trauma centers, 16,758 first responders, 38,536 emergency medical technicians (EMTs - 22,426 basic EMTs, 769 intermediate EMTs, 15,341 paramedic EMTs), 4,629 emergency communications registered nurses, 2,779 trauma nurse specialists, 350 pre-hospital registered nurses and 2,656 emergency medical dispatchers providing 24-hour service to the people of Illinois. Approximately two-thirds of all EMS providers are volunteers.
Illinois’ EMS system also strives to integrate pediatric emergency care needs across a wide spectrum; recognizing that children have unique physiological responses to illness and injury.
To honor those who work in pediatric emergency care, the governor has proclaimed May 21 as Emergency Medical Services for Children Day in Illinois.
IDPH continues to implement its Five Year Strategy 2014-2018 to maximize IDPH’s effectiveness, influence and value for promoting wellness, health equity, safety and improved health outcomes. Strategic plan priorities include developing and expanding partnerships; improving data utilization; reducing health disparities; improving regulatory compliance; and branding, marketing and communicating IDPH’s value.