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Metro West Ambulance Paramedic and EMT received highest honors at 2016 Oregon EMS Awards Banquet in Bend

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Trish Smith    

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  Larry Hornaday


Metro West Ambulance Paramedic and EMT received highest honors at 2016 Oregon EMS Awards Banquet in Bend

Oregon Emergency Medical Services has many outstanding providers, extraordinary acts and meritorious service that are recognized every year.  On Friday evening, September 23rd, at the Oregon EMS Awards Banquet in Bend, Metro West Ambulance Crewmembers, Larry Hornaday, Paramedic and Trish Smith, EMT, were be recognized as the Paramedic and EMT providers of the year for the State of Oregon.  

Dr. Hunter Patch Adams once said, “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome”.  As EMS providers who always treat people first, Larry Hornaday and Trish Smith are inspirational to all those around them.

 Larry Hornaday is a highly dedicated skilled Paramedic who believes that every interaction we have with our patients and those around us is important-no matter how significant or insignificant those moments may seem.  As an emergency responder to 9-1-1 calls in Washington County and to non-emergency calls throughout our region including Multnomah and Clackamas counties, Clackamas resident Larry Hornaday serves as a Senior Paramedic and as a Field Training Officer for Metro West Ambulance.  Larry serves as Medical Coordinator /Event Lead on behalf of MWA for Cycle Oregon, known as “The Best Bike Ride in America” and involves 2200-2400 riders as they journey across different parts of our state for a week each year and also oversees medical response for the American Lung Association’s Reach the Beach, which marks the start of Oregon’s cycling season and involves 3,000 riders. He is also an inventor who is passionate about improving the care experience and invented the Blue Bari, steel and fabric device when mounted onto a standard ambulance gurney widens the patient area allowing the gurney to accommodate larger patients. Its width and padding allows for an increased comfort and stability/safety for the patient.  For his skill and passion for patient care Larry Hornaday will receive the Oregon EMS Paramedic of the Year for 2016.

Trish (Patricia) Smith is a skilled, dedicated EMT who joined the Vernonia Volunteer Ambulance Association in 2008 as a driver assisting the crew, becoming an EMT responding to emergencies in 2010. Trish lives in and serves the Vernonia area as an emergency responder but also responds as needed in Washington County and our region.  As a member of both the VVAA and MWA, this Vernonia resident has dedicated herself to her community and her profession. As the Vice President of the Volunteer Ambulance Association including chairing the VVAA Social Committee, Trish is very involved in various events.  Trish works directly with the local schools, to mentor high school seniors completing their senior projects; she works with community members while planning Association events and fund raising;  she participates as a volunteer for community activities such as parades for St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July and September 11th, for the annual Easter Egg Hunt;  EMS BBQ and Picnic, for the  Logging Jamboree, Salmon Festival, Christmas Festival, and community chili cook-off  and the Toys for Joy efforts that touch the lives of so many children. Trish has built relationships and helped foster a service culture in the Association based on caring, trust, respect, dependability and honesty. Her love for her family, friends, coworkers, community and her profession shines through in her service to all. For her compassion and dedication to the patients and communities who need her, Trish Smith will receive the Oregon EMS EMT of the Year for 2016.

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Metro West Ambulance, Inc. President J.D. Fuiten receives Public Safety Professional Award


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 The 2016 Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Awards and Gala honored outstanding businesses and individuals, youth and nonprofits in the Hillsboro community located in Washington County, Oregon including Metro West Ambulance Service, Inc. President J.D. Fuiten who was awarded the Public Safety Professional Award.  The Public Safety Professional Award recognizes those who have demonstrated loyalty, initiative, and dedication to service, attitude and integrity as well as service to the community above and beyond. 

As the President/Owner of the Metro West Ambulance Family of Companies, J.D. literally has spent the majority of his life ensuring that the communities, the state and the region he has spent his life in has the  emergency prehospital care and medical transportation that is needed.  As a resident of Hillsboro and as a business owner with his roots firmly embedded in Hillsboro, J.D. has long been dedicated to caring for those around him.  J.D. grew up working in the family business that was founded in 1953 by his father, James B. Fuiten, in Forest Grove and worked as an Oregon EMT and in all areas of management prior to succeeding his father as president in 1978.

Involved at all levels, JD serves locally on the Tuality Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors where board members participate in the oversight of programs funded by the Foundation, such as community education and scholarship programs. On the State level, JD is very active in the Oregon Ambulance Association. Members of the Oregon State Ambulance Association (OSAA) are private and public organizations that provide 9-1-1 emergency ambulance service and transportation throughout much of the state. Members exchange information and review legislation and regulations and actively participate in governmental activities affecting EMS, serving on state and local committees for EMS, trauma and 9-1-1.  J.D. is a member of both Washington State and California State Ambulance Associations as his companies serve the Pacific Northwest. On a national level, J.D. serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Ambulance Association. The American Ambulance Association represents organizations serving over 75% of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services.  Founded in 1979, AAA promotes health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provides research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve. During the American Ambulance Association 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, J.D. Fuiten was honored as the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award”.  This is only the second time that this national association has given out this award. 

As President of Metro West Ambulance Service, Inc. (which includes Medix Ambulance, Pacific West Ambulance, Bay Cities Ambulance, Bay Cities Ambulance Roseburg and Metro West Ambulance Eugene Springfield), J.D. encourages all of his companies to be involved in their local communities and on a state and national level including supporting hundreds of charities, foundations and events that provide a wide array of services and assistance to those we care for in our communities. 

Metro West Ambulance was founded in 1953 and we are distinguished as the longest running owner-operated ambulance Service in the Pacific Northwest.                

For further information, please contact Metro West Ambulance Public Information Officer Jan Lee.  503-985-9155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.