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Surry County team repeats as top paramedics in N.C.

Release Date: October 6, 2010
Contact: Jim Jones, 919-733-9190

GREENSBORO – Last year’s champions successfully defended their title on Sunday and were recognized Tuesday night as the state’s top paramedic team following a graded and timed competition.

Roger Horton and Barry McMillian of Surry County Emergency Medical Services were announced the winners of the 20th annual Paramedic Competition at an awards banquet during the 37th annual North Carolina Emergency Medicine Today Conference.

In claiming the title, Horton and McMillian overcame the best efforts of five other teams, including a challenge from another paramedic team from Surry County. They also outscored teams from Cumberland, Duplin, Lincoln and Stokes counties in the competition held Sunday at the Koury Center. Those teams all were champions from a five regional competitions held across the state in July.

Each team competed in front of an audience of more than 300 of their peers. The scenario involved a mock NASCAR accident in which two stock car racing pit crew members were injured when a car entering the pits bumped another car just as the crew prepared to jack it up for a tire change. Then came the twist. About midway through their treatment of the two injured pit crew members, a nearby spectator suffered a heart attack. Then one of the two injured pit crew members began having seizures.

“These scenarios are designed to challenge and test the teams, and they accomplish that,” said Regina Godette-Crawford, interim chief of the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services, which organizes the conference and competition.

“But there are so many more benefits – not only do the competing teams step up their training in preparation for the competition, but all the spectators benefit as they watch their peers perform under pressure. This is a great way to emphasize the importance of all the needed skill sets and validate all the steps that paramedics follow when responding to citizens in crisis.”

The originator of the competition was recognized for his foresight during the banquet. Drexdal Pratt was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, among the most prestigious state recognitions. Pratt rose through the ranks of OEMS and served as its chief for 12 years before taking a post in August as director of the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

“I thank you all,” Pratt said. “This is all about patients and care. You all are doing a fantastic job.”

The competition is a collaborative effort that included assistance from the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians, Richard Childress Racing, and the Childress Institute of Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
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