The Michigan EMS Practitioners Association has named Kevin Nawrot, a paramedic/FTO with Rockford Ambulance, the 2015 Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year.
“Kevin has quickly climbed the ranks to become Lead FTO and has proven to be a great role model to everyone that comes into contact with him,” said Matt McConnon, Operations Manager at Rockford Ambulance.
While Nawrot has a record of achievements during his tenure at Rockford, he is most notably known from a call that came in May 2014, when Nawrot was the lead provider and witnessed a cardiac arrest. He and his team worked on the pulseless patient for over 55 minutes. Once at the hospital, the patient regained pulses and was treated by the hospital staff. The patient was able to make a great recovery and was discharged home with minimal deficits.
“To walk out of the hospital after 55 minutes is very unusual,” reported Dr. Todd Chassee during a media interview in May 2014. Chasse had cared for the patient at the hospital. “Without their efforts, I don’t think the patient would be here today.”
Rockford Ambulance has a cardiac arrest survival rate of 50 percent, higher than the national average of 33 percent.
The EMS Practitioner of the Year award recognizes an individual for his/her excellence and outstanding achievement that they have accomplished in the emergency medical services. Qualifications for the award include:
Hold a current license either as a Medical First Responder, EMT, Specialist, Paramedic, or Instructor-Coordinator
Licensed for a minimum of two years in the State of Michigan
Continually promote the profession of EMS through innovation and leadership
High personal integrity and character on and off the job.
The Michigan EMS Practitioners Association is the state’s largest professional association for licensed EMTs.