LANCASTER – Chana Alexander, a paramedic with American Medical Response in Lancaster, is one of 23 Californians who will be honored for heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to EMS on December 4 in San Francisco.
“I am pleased to announce a select group of EMS professionals who are being honored for their exhibited professional excellence and exceptional service,” said Dr. Howard Backer, Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. “These men and women epitomize the spirit and commitment to quality that embody these awards and deserve official recognition for their contributions in making California’s EMS system one of the best in the world.”
Alexander will receive the Community Service Award at the 2013 California EMS Award Ceremony on December 4 at the Marines’ Memorial Hotel in San Francisco.
Launched in 2007, the annual awards honor and recognize exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering in California’s emergency medical system.
Alexander is being recognized for her efforts at introducing Hands-Only CPR to the local community. Hands-Only CPR, which requires no mouth-to-mouth contact as standard resuscitation efforts have in the past, has gained popularity in recent years.
In four months, Alexander trained more than 1,000 residents of the Antelope Valley in this vital life-saving technique. Once a week, she volunteers at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale to teach this technique. Alexander’s goal is to share this important information with every resident (well over 155,000 people) in the Antelope Valley.
EMS awards are intended to honor and recognize noteworthy or exceptional acts and service by EMS certified or licensed personnel, administrators, trainers, or volunteers within the EMS system. The award period represents activities from September 8, 2012 through September 6, 2013 for cumulative service.
View all 23 EMS Awards Recipients for 2013 at http://www.emsa.ca.gov/2013_EMS_Award_Recipients.