Maryland Institute for Emergency Services honorees

September 20, 1990

The other honorees are:

Civilian Certificate of Honor:

* Matthew Scott, 6, of Rockville, was at home when his mother had a seizure. He called 911 and requested an ambulance, then cared for his younger siblings during the absence of an adult.

* Gertrude Kidd, of Fallston, a home-health care nurse, stopped the bleeding from a motorist's head within seconds after an accident, before paramedics arrived.

* Margaret Johnson, of Bladensburg, saved a child whose clothes were engulfed in flames.

* Joseph R. Snowberger, of Ridgely, was driving a dump truck when he saw another dump truck overturn and catch fire. Snowberger quickly smashed the window of the truck, pulled the driver to safety.

* William James Watson, 12, of Hagerstown, stopped the blood flow of a friend who had severed tendons and an artery.

Public Safety Certificate of Honor:

* Jeremy P. Gruber, of Silver Spring, saved a man knocked down by a wave about 100 feet from the shore in Ocean City.

* Cpl. Stephen R. Vaughn, of Lexington Park, and Officer 1st Class Brett H. Brinkley, of Hebron, both Natural Resources Police officers. They rescued a family whose boat had capsized on Chesapeake Bay.

* Gene Foutz, of Lonaconing, helped to evacuate families living above stores that caught fire. Foutz stayed at the scene and worked with firefighters for more than 21 hours to extinguish the blaze.

* Paul Ennis, of Salisbury, a medic with the Delmar Fire Department who had recently had surgery on his foot, ran to help resuscitate a child who had stopped breathing.

* Deputy Sheriff Bruce A. Shafer and Gary A. Granger, both of Hagerstown, rescued a motorist whose car had struck a tree, igniting its fuel tank.

Distinguished Service Award:

* Tom Weeks, Harford County, developed a program that teaches children about ambulance equipment and procedures in non-emergency situations.

* Marian Kangas, of Valley Lee, has informed the public of the dangers of infection control as an employee of St. Mary's Hospital.

* Fire Chief Benjamin W. Kurtz, of Forest Hill, the past president of the Harford County Firemen's Association, has been a driving force behind the Harford County Emergency Medical Service.

* Francis X. Murray, of Hagerstown, has been a member of the Community Rescue Service program in the Hagerstown area for more than 21 years.

* Kathleen Paez, of Manchester, has served the Maryland Emergency Medical Services program for more than 13 years.

* Gary E. Warren, of Owings Mills, has been a leader of the Emergency Medical System on the local, state and national levels for more than 20 years.

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