This is the second time Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services has been the recipient of the award.
The first time the award was presented to the department was in 2008 — the same year the department received the Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award.
The award will automatically place Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services as a nominee for the statewide award, which will be presented May 22.
Cherokee County EMS Chief Danny West received the award from Region 1 Director David Foster.
“I was very honored to receive this award on behalf of our agency. Cherokee County is one of 16 counties in the Region 1 district,” West said. “The continuous training and motivation by the EMTs and paramedics of our department to provide the best possible care to our citizens was the defining factor that won this award. The commitment from the Cherokee Board of Commissioners to provide the best quality pre-hospital care to our citizens allows us to provide a second-to-none service.”
Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather said it was an honor to attend the banquet.
“It was also a great feeling to be the recipient of the 2014 EMS Service of the Year Award. Several of our young professionals were nominated for additional awards and recognized for the outstanding service they provide to the citizens of Cherokee County,” Prather said.
Dr. Jill Mabley, who serves as the medical director for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, was the recipient of the Dr. Virginia Hamilton Special Service Award.
The special service award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and delivery of emergency medical services in Region 1 and the state of Georgia.
Mabley also demonstrated leadership and personal commitment to the achievement of excellence in EMS programs, Prather said.
“A huge thanks should go out to Dr. Jill Mabley who was recognized for her leadership and dedication to pre-hospital emergency medical care,” Prather said. “We are so very fortunate to have such professional leadership as a part of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.”