May 15, 2000
INDIVIDUAL ACTS OF HEROISM HONORED BY STATE
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois Department of Public Health today honored 33 individuals and an ambulance service for acts of courage as part of the states 13th annual Emergency Medical Services Awards.
"The individuals we recognize today know that emergency situations require quick and selfless action, said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director. These men and women chose to come to the aid of others, often without regard for their own safety. Their level of concern and compassion should inspire us all.
Honorees received certificates, signed by Gov. George H. Ryan and Dr. Lumpkin, as part of the Departments observance of Emergency Medical Services Week, May 14-20. The special week provides an opportunity for communities and organizations to honor those involved in emergency medical services.
"Men and women who choose a career in emergency medical services know their lives and the lives of others may be on the line whenever the alarm sounds," Dr. Lumpkin said. "We are grateful for their dedication, courage and compassion in carrying out their responsibilities."
Nominations for the awards are solicited by the Department from police, firefighters, paramedics and others from throughout the state.
This year, a special recognition award is being given to John and Jeannie Coventry, paramedics and owners of the Shelbyville Ambulance Service. The couple rescued the ambulance service when its previous owners left the community. With the aid of other emergency medical technicians and St. Marys Hospital emergency medical services (EMS) system, the Coventrys were able to keep the service in the community. The two also taught EMS courses in Shelbyville. John Coventry was killed in 1999 when a school bus pulled into the path of the motorcycle he was riding. Jeannie continues to run the ambulance service.
A list of honorees and a brief description of their deeds.
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