A paramedic who leads emergency medical service training for peers as well as for doctors and nurses been named the county government's Employee of the Year.
Fire Lt. Joseph Ross, a full-time instructor at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville, is the lead instructor for the Emergency Medical Training courses and paramedic continuing education courses, according to the county government. In addition to training his peers, Ross teaches nurses and doctors about advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.
Ross, a firefighter and paramedic, has been an emergency medical services provider for more than 15 years, he said. He began his career as a volunteer medic for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and became a corpsman for the Marines before joining the Howard Department of Fire and Rescue Services in 2000.
"I was honored, and I was humbled," Ross, 35, said of winning the award. "There were so many great employees."
Winning the award was especially memorable, Ross said, because when it was announced this month at the county's employee awards ceremony, his 2-year-old daughter broke the room's silence by yelling, "Yea, Daddy!"
"It was priceless," said Ross, who also acknowledged the support of his wife, Katrina, in his career pursuits.
A banquet will be held to honor all award recipients at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.
During the summer, Ross, whose family has a history of serving as firefighters, was honored as Career EMS Provider of the Year by the American Legion.
Great Idea Award: 1st place, Robin Hoerl, Kim Reichart, Alan Wilcom, Public Works; 2nd place, Charlie Healey, Public Works; 3rd place, Capt. Robert Baldwin, Corrections
Unsung Hero Award: 1st place, Mike Will, Public Works; 2nd place, Ederis Martinez, Citizen Services; 3rd place, Earl Wheeler, County Administration
Green Initiative Award: 1st place, Jeff Dannis, Public Works; Lindsey Leiterman, Planning and Zoning; Sue Muller, Recreation and Parks; 2nd place, John Bennett, Roy Bennett, Nancy Emory, Jay Gabryszak, Al Harris, Jimmy McDonald, Kevin Phillips, Larry Rogers and Teresa Stonesifer, Alpha Ridge Landfill team; 3rd place, Sue Muller, Recreation and Parks
Mentoring Award: Jennifer Rittenhouse, Citizen Services
Leadership Award: Kimberly Sikalis, Police Emergency Communications
Customer Service Awards: John Colston, Public Works; Greg Fiala, Recreation and Parks; Derek Ludlow, Recreation and Parks; Lisa Morgan, Recreation and Parks
Customer Service Team Awards: Police Department Communications Platoon C team; Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Shift 6B team