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Volunteer fire personnel recognized

Seated, in the front row, are Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard, Paramedic Robin Chenowith, Chief Michael Gist, Paramedic Wayne Short, EMT Haven Shoemaker and Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker. Standing are Maryland State Police Flight Paramedic Jeffery Leppert, Lt. Scott Wagner, Firefighters Jonathan Bonsall and Michael Chrest, Paramedic Guy Gearheart III, Capt. Ronald Blizzard and Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association President Stephen Wantz.
Seated, in the front row, are Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard, Paramedic Robin Chenowith, Chief Michael Gist, Paramedic Wayne Short, EMT Haven Shoemaker and Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker. Standing are Maryland State Police Flight Paramedic Jeffery Leppert, Lt. Scott Wagner, Firefighters Jonathan Bonsall and Michael Chrest, Paramedic Guy Gearheart III, Capt. Ronald Blizzard and Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association President Stephen Wantz. (Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

Thirteen volunteer fire personnel were honored at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Gala held May 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual gala pays tribute to personnel involved in a life-saving incident. The entire Emergency Medial Services network - including initial dispatch through the trauma and rehabilitation network - is reviewed annually on a case-by-case basis, and this year's recipients were chosen from Carroll County.

The incident involving a serious personal injury accident with rescue occurred in February 2011, and all of the personnel involved were recognized as being instrumental in saving the life of the victim.

The personnel from the Pleasant Valley community fire company were honored with a video presentation including details of the incident and received awards honoring their commitment to volunteer emergency services in Carroll County.

Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief of the trauma center, along with many dignitaries, including local officials, attended the black-tie event.

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