EMS: Dedicated for Life
San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s (DEM) Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) is made up of incredibly smart and caring individuals who are dedicated to saving lives. For DEM, being able recognize those who go above and beyond is a real honor. This year marks the 16th Annual EMSA Awards Ceremony, and awards were presented to outstanding individuals for their commitment to emergency medical care.
The Honorees Are…
*RAYMOND LIM EXCELLENCE IN EMS AWARD
Assistant Deputy Chief Jeff Myers for exceptional performance as a paramedic, instructor, supervisor, and EMS Chief for 33 years and for leadership and innovation in emergency medical services.
* About the Raymond Lim Excellence in EMS Award
From the late 1960s until his death in 2001, Raymond Lim was one of the most significant pioneers and innovators in the development of emergency medical services systems in California. Ray was the Vice President and General Manager of the King-American Ambulance Company in San Francisco.
Ray’s contributions were enormous. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him to the State EMS Commission from which he played a major role in drafting the Bronzan Act establishing the current EMS structure in California. He also served on the California Ambulance Association, the San Francisco Emergency Medical Care Committee, the American Trauma Society, the San Francisco Ambulance Association, the San Francisco Medical Society’s Committee on Emergency Medical Care, and the ABAG Regional EMS Council.
Ray was most proud of developing the first Neonatal Intensive Care Transport Service in the United States, and the first MICN training program in San Francisco. In recognition of his lifetime of dedication and spirit, the inaugural Raymond Lim Excellence in EMS Award was established.
Award was presented posthumously to Raymond Lim in June, 2001.
EMS DISPATCHER AWARD
Maculata Acevez for outstanding performance as a public safety dispatcher for the past four years, and effective management of a recent family crisis resulting in caring for a dying patient, and the compassion she showed the patients’ family members.
EMS COMMUNITY SERVICES AWARD
Andrew Herring, MD, for exemplary service in the initial resuscitation and continued medical care alongside EMS providers of a 33 year-old male, whom he found while surfing on Ocean Beach. Thanks to Dr. Herring’s medical intervention, the man survived and was discharged from the hospital two days later without any respiratory distress.
EMS HOSPITAL PROVIDER AWARD
Mary Mercer, MD, for outstanding leadership in medical oversight and direction of the San Francisco General Hospital Base Hospital and Community CPR Consortium.
EMS FIELD PROVIDER AWARD
Stuart Beach, Michael Marsh, Tony Molloy, Niels Tangherlini, and Paul Basset for outstanding performance as leaders of the core medical group of the Asiana Flight 214 crash on July 6, 2013.