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Defending champion paramedics from Stokes County do it again

Release Date: October 8, 2008
Contact: Jim Jones, 919-733-9190 (email for a print-quality photo of the winners)

GREENSBORO – Two paramedics from Stokes County successfully defended their title as the top paramedics in the state after their performance surpassed those of five regional competition winners (download photo). The final competition was held during the 35th annual North Carolina Emergency Medicine Today conference on Sunday afternoon.

For Fred Lawson and Scott Brown it was their third title in four years. They now have won in 2008, 2007, and 2005. They outperformed their competition in a graded and timed exercise viewed by more than 300 of their peers. Drexdal Pratt, chief of the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services announced the winners Tuesday night during an awards and recognition banquet.

“The paramedic competition stresses the value and importance of education and training,” said Pratt. “These champions and the regional winners all exemplify the kind of professionalism that North Carolina deserves and expects from its first responders. I salute them all for their hard work and competitive spirit.”

Regional winners also were recognized at the banquet: John Stroup and Steven Ward of Mecklenburg EMS, Shane Lisenby and Austin Nabet of FirstHealth Regional EMS Montgomery, Robert Coleson and Everett Lineberry of Surry County EMS, Brian Pearce and Richard Stump of Duplin County EMS and Jeffrey Davis and Josh Hammond of Pasquotank-Camden EMS. They all outperformed competitors in regional competitions held in July.





Updated: October 14, 2008