The Walter J. Thomas Citizen Award was presented to Paramedic David Bradley of VFIS. – The Walter J. Thomas Citizen Award is presented to an individual who has performed outstanding community service in the field of emergency health care, possesses the quality of a leader and humanitarian, and draws attention to the contributions that individual has made in this vitally important field.
The Jerry Esposito EMS Administrator of the Year Award was presented to William Wells, Sr., Good Fellowship Ambulance – This award is named in honor of Jerry Esposito who is considered by many to be the “Father of EMS” in Pennsylvania. As director of the first regional EMS Council in the Commonwealth and in the nation, Jerry pioneered the creation and development of many EMS innovations and organizations, including the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. Each year this award is given to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding leadership, vision and creativity as an EMS system or EMS service manager
The Joel e. Grottenthaler Memorial Award was presented to Mr. Robert D. Cooney, Bureau of EMS (Retired) – This award recognizes a Pennsylvanian, past or present, volunteer or career basic or advanced life support provider, who through his or her involvement in emergency medical services has demonstrated the traits of professionalism, competency, dedication, leadership, integrity and loyalty, and who continually strives to improve Pennsylvania’s emergency medical services system. This annual award, presented by the staff of PEHSC, is in memory of Joel Grottenthaler, former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.