Summit County paramedic receives lifetime achievement award
KEYSTONE – The Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Summit County Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Shedd on Saturday, recognizing his 32 years of providing exceptional emergency medical care.
Shedd began his emergency medical career in 1982 as an EMT. The longtime Breckenridge resident joined Summit County Ambulance Service in 1986, where he has served ever since. Shedd has logged more than 300,000 miles in Summit County ambulances during his tenure, and has provided emergency care to more than 3,300 patients since 2000.
“Bob is exactly the kind of person you pray for in your moment of need,” Summit County Ambulance Supervisor Bill Clark said in a news release. “I have always admired his skill, kindness, professionalism and unwavering commitment to patient care. Bob is a tremendous asset and a true friend to all of us here at the ambulance service.”
Shedd completed the St. Anthony Paramedic Academy in 1988. In 1990, he became one of only five full-time employees at Summit County Ambulance Service. In addition to his work in Summit, Shedd has volunteered his time through St. Anthony Prehospital Services, providing emergency medical care at numerous special events, including Hike MS, the National Western Stock Show and races at Bandimere Speedway.
The C.J. Shanaberger Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to a Colorado EMS professional whose contributions to prehospital care have been consistent and long lasting, representing a lifetime of outstanding service to the profession and the public. Shedd received the award during the organization’s annual conference, held at the Keystone Conference Center.
“When working in the emergency department, I am always delighted to see Bob’s smiling face come through the door, because I know that the patient has received the best care possible,” Dr. Peter Vellman, medical director for prehospital services, wrote of Shedd in his nomination letter for the award. “Words cannot begin to describe the compassion and expertise that he shows when caring for patients.”
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