The Saratoga County EMS Council announced the recipients of the 2022 Saratoga County EMS Awards.
Awards are provided to emergency services personnel, affiliated with a NYS EMS agency, who show individual or team heroism above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.
The EMS Agency of the Year awarded went to Edinburg Emergency Squad. It is an all-volunteer, nimble, dynamic service organization that has consistently embraced change, delivered the highest quality EMS coupled with enhanced services to their citizens and community. Formed in 1962, they remain the only all-volunteer ambulance service in Saratoga County, staffed by 22 volunteers, answering 100 calls annually and supported entirely by community donations.
EMS Educator of Excellence was awarded to Jean Tranka. Tranka has served as a certified instructor coordinator for the Saratoga County EMS Council for over 20 years. Her care and concern for each and every student has not only earned her the nickname, “Mama Jean,” but is reflected in her consistently near 100 percent pass rates in her courses.
The EMS Communications Specialist of the Year is Thomas Lundquist. Lundquist joined the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department Communications Division in 2016.
The Harriet C. Weber Leadership Award went to Alan Bell. Bell is the executive director of the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance Corps. He began his service in 1995 as a volunteer EMT. Under his leadership the agency has been named by the Times Union as a top place to work for five consecutive years based on employee input. Alan solicits input from the entire workforce, to continually move the organization forward.