As part of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Northside Cherokee Hospital Emergency Department presented its first Distinguished Paramedic/EMT Award to a Cherokee County Firefighter on May 22.

“Northside Cherokee ED started this award to recognize our outstanding EMS partners,” Manager of Emergency Services Sarah Putzer said. “Each year during EMS Week, we will celebrate both the accomplishments and excellent care provided by our EMS partners. They will have the chance to nominate each other for the Distinguished Paramedic/EMT Award, which will be voted on by members of our staff.”

The winner of this year’s award is Nathan Pelletier, who serves as a paramedic with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. Nathan was nominated by two of his peers for excellent assessment skills and dedication to his job. Both peers acknowledge his work ethic and his ability to inspire and educate others.

“He was nominated for a save on a 30-year-old cardiac arrest at Planet Fitness,” Putzer said. “While leaving Northside Hospital after transporting a patient, he heard another squad dispatched to the cardiac arrest. Knowing he was closer to Planet Fitness, he picked up the call and arrived on scene to a 30-year-old female in full arrest. He used quick assessment skills to resuscitate her and stabilized her for transport to Northside. The attending physician, Dr. Todd Albinger, complimented him on his quick thinking and clear, detailed handoff to staff.”

Cherokee County EMS Chief Nate Sullivan said that he is proud of the work that Pelletier and all of the agency’s EMTs, paramedics and communications officers do every day. In this instance, Pelletier’s initiative and the hard work of the rest of the team literally saved a life.

“I’m very appreciative of all the teachers and mentors that have assisted in training me and that continue to train me for higher acuity incidents such as this,” Pelletier said. “I also want to thank Northside Hospital Cherokee that provided the commendations and venue for the ceremony.”

The plaque presented during Friday’s ceremony will be placed in the EMS lounge at the hospital. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services wanted to congratulate Pelletier for a job well done.

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