Bradley EMS receives Star of Life accolades

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Posted 5/16/15

The Bradley County Emergency Medical Service was recognized by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children at its seventh annual Star of Life dinner and awards ceremony Thursday evening …

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Bradley EMS receives Star of Life accolades

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The Bradley County Emergency Medical Service was recognized by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children at its seventh annual Star of Life dinner and awards ceremony Thursday evening in Nashville.

Recipients were chosen from each of the eight EMS regions in the state. Bradley County was the winner representing EMS Region 3.

The EMS Star of Life event is designed to honor the accomplishments of EMS personnel from all regions of Tennessee who provide exemplary life-saving care to adult and pediatric patients.

The Star of Life event also serves as the kick-off for EMS Week in Tennessee.

Joining Bradley County EMS on the stage was a former patient, members of Erlanger’s Lifeforce and the Cleveland/Bradley 911 Center.

Bradley County EMS was recognized for its efforts in saving the life of 14-year-old Quantavius Cobb.

Cobb was graveley injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 25th Street and Peerless Road on May 7, 2014. Cobb sustained critical injuries, and the prognosis was not good.

Bradley County EMS treated Cobb on the scene, and Erlanger’s Lifeforce was called in to transport him to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

After his treatment at Erlanger, Quantavius went on to the Shepard Center in Atlanta for rehab and was able to go home at the end of June.

He was recently cleared to play basketball for Cleveland High School, and when the coach put him on the floor for first time, he shot a 3-pointer! He has come a long way and is doing well.

Bradley EMS spokesman Stan Clark said, “It is great to see how well the system works all the way from the initial call to 911, EMS response and the transition from EMS to air medical.

“Emergency response can be somewhat stressful on a normal day. A call like this one that involves someone’s child expounds the stress because most of our responders have children of their own,” Clark said. “Thankfully, this child survived, and his parents got to have their son back. These responders were recognized for their efforts and professionalism for being a part of such a miraculous event.” 

The goal of the award is to recognize exceptional front-line care, with a focus on agencies and providers who are the initial care responders.

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