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Caddo Lake NWR Staffer Receives “Volunteer EMT of the Year” Award
Southwest Region, September 18, 2012
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On Tuesday September 18, 2012, the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce honored local law enforcement officers and firefighters during the 2012 Annual Law Enforcement and Firefighters Appreciated Dinner. Josh Bardwell (Engineering Equipment Operator/Firefighter for the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Texas) received the “Volunteer EMT of the Year Award” for his service as a responder with Harrison County Emergency Service District #3 Fire/Rescue and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.Bardwell is a nationally and State of Texas registered Emergency Medical Technician.

“For several years, residents in the northern part of the county had to wait several minutes while emergency personnel responded from other areas of the county. Thanks to this EMT, that has changed,” said Connie Ware, Chamber CEO.

Bardwell has responded to numerous trauma and medical emergencies in the rural communities near the Refuge, often being the senior medical responder until the county ambulance arrives, which is typically a 15-20 minute response time to the Refuge area. Bardwell is able to size up the situation for incoming resources, gather vital patient information, initiate cardiac saving procedures, and get patients stabilized for transport. According to county officials, the chance of patient survivability and quality of care has increased dramatically since trained first responders are able to be on scene within the first few minutes.

“After long days of fighting wildfires, doing controlled burns at the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge and wedding planning, this EMT continues to give of himself and his expertise,” Ware said.

Bardwell has been at the Caddo Lake NWR since June 2010 and with the Service since 2008.

Contact Info: Jason Roesner, 903-679-9144, jason_roesner@fws.gov
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