Fifteen Marylanders -- ranging from paramedics to children -- were honored for heroism and lifesaving deeds yesterday at the annual Emergency Medical Services Week luncheon in Baltimore.
The youngest to be honored was 7-year-old Matthew Scott, who received a certificate of honor for having "the presence of mind to call 911 and request an ambulance" for his unconscious mother, Pamela Scott, who suffered a seizure at their Rockville home Feb. 26.
William James Watson, 12, of Hagerstown, earned a certificate as well as a Boy Scout merit badge for first aid for saving the life of a friend who had accidentally severed an artery and tendons in his wrist. William applied pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived.
Quick action to save a trapped driver from the wreckage in a three-car fatal accident in the Hancock area March 15 resulted in honors for Melody Lee Hose, Dennis Michael Hull and Mary Louise Hill.
Saving lives after traffic accidents also resulted in certificates for Gertrude A. Kidd, a nurse who helped get two people out of a van after witnessing a head-on crash in Harford County last November; Washington County deputies Bruce A. Shafer and Gary M. Granger, who were singed by fire in the Hagerstown area rescuing an injured driver from a wrecked vehicle when its fuel tank ignited; and Joseph R. Snowberger of Ridgely, a dump truck driver who rescued a co-worker from a burning truck that had crashed.
Jeremy P. Gruber, a paramedic from Silver Spring, was honored for an act of heroism in Ocean City. Mr. Gruber, who was on vacation, swam about 100 feet out from the shore to save Tim Burns, who he saw getting hit broadside and knocked down by a wave. Suspecting a neck fracture, the paramedic ignored advice from onlookers and stabilized Mr. Burns' head and neck until help arrived.
Natural Resources Police Cpl. Stephen R. Vaughn and Officer 1st Class Brett H. Brinkley, were cited for their rescue of two adults and a 6-year-old whose boat capsized in heavy seas in freezing conditions last December.
Paul Ennis Jr., a Delmar Fire Department paramedic, was cited for running to the aid of a young girl who had stopped breathing last October -- despite the pain from foot surgery he had had five days earlier.
Gene "Bugs" Foutz of Lonaconing was honored for helping in the evacuation of families and working with volunteer firefighters when a blaze erupted on the town's Main Street in May.
Margaret Johnson of Bladensburg was cited for smothering the flames and saving a boy from more serious injury after seeing him with his clothing on fire in a park.