Last week, with a backdrop of the spectacular views from the St. Mary’s Hospital helipad, eleven employees of the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center were honored for their role in providing life-saving care in our community.
The Phoenix Award is presented by Mesa County Emergency Services, in recognition of first responders, EMTs, dispatchers, and bystanders who are involved in providing life-saving care, such as CPR, outside of a hospital. In order for a care provider to be selected for the award, the patient to whom the care is provided must have suffered cardiac arrest, and must recover with full neurological capabilities. Additionally, for a dispatcher to be honored with this designation, 911 tapes are reviewed for the CPR instructions given to the caller. Medical professionals also review the nominations for the award, to ensure the criteria are met.
“We do this job because we like to help people. These employees have had the most profound effect we can have on a person,” says Monica Million, the manager of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. “Each of these recipients are to be congratulated for having such a meaningful impact on the community we serve.”
The award recipients from the GJRCC are Guillermo Ramirez, Deanna Saelens, Taylor Loo, Madeline Robinson, Kelly Wilkinson, Anne Sunn, Shon Kiniston, Mark Hellstom and Jeremy Lambert. Two GJPD officers were also presented with Phoenix Awards; Kati Stewart and Taylor Schreiner.