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Banquet honors rescuers

The EMS Awards Banquet was hosted by Washington County Hospital.

The EMS Awards Banquet was hosted by Washington County Hospital.

May 23, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

When Community Rescue Service was transporting Robert Shank to Washington County Hospital last Aug. 27, the Hagerstown man's heart suddenly stopped beating properly.

Matt Blosser, Mark Taylor and Walt Lee used their skill and training to correct his heartbeat during that ambulance ride, saving his life.

On Wednesday night, Shank, 76, of the 200 block of East Wilson Boulevard, faced a room full of emergency medical service technicians and thanked each of them for his life.

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He then personally awarded each of the three CRS technicians a special pin that was created especially for the EMS Awards Banquet held at the Four Points Sheraton.

"If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here," Shank said as he spoke with his wife, June, at his side.

Shank's daughter, Jenny Shank Friedrich, added her thanks that her dad was still around for her. She pointed out that her father now has a defibrillator implanted in his chest to keep his heartbeat regular.

The event was hosted by Washington County Hospital and emceed by Dr. Michael Pepper, assistant EMS medical director.

Also honored Wednesday were Michael Diamond, training award; Jason Sturm, emergency department chairman's award; Donald Lehman, trauma director's award; Rob Snider, emergency department nurses' award; Keith Bowen, dispatcher of the year; Kevin Lewis and Tim Gargana, paramedics of the year; Dave Hays, cardiac rescue technician of the year; Terry Gearhart, basic emergency medical technician of the year.

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