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Monday, 19 September 2016 21:28

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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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