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Volunteer Individual of the Year
Featured on KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ambulance services in rural areas are often underfunded, and require the help of volunteers like Wendy Frentress, a paramedic currently working with Blairstown Ambulance. She’s been recognized by the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association with the Volunteer Individual of the Year award. That’s why she’s the focus of this week’s Show You Care Spotlight.

The loss of a family member inspired Frentress to become a paramedic back in 2001.

“my father had actually passed away in a Hardee’s, and a person there did CPR, and I wanted to give back what they gave to him,” said Frentress.

Since then, she’s been on calls for ambulances services in Urbana, North Benton, Iowa County, and Belle Plaine. It’s an unpredictable job that keeps her on her toes.

“Getting up out of bed in the middle of the night, not knowing what you’re actually going to run into,” Frentress said, smiling.

Dr. Brian Meeker at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton said people like Wendy make it possible for medical centers like theirs to save lives.

“When you dial 911, you expect people to come, but if it wasn’t for the volunteer aspect of it, that couldn’t happen,” Meeker said. “It’s a calling; it’s not for everybody, and we very much appreciate anybody who’s willing to volunteer.”

But for Wendy, working with her fellow EMT’s and patients makes it all worthwhile.

“We have our good times, our good calls, we have our bad calls, some are just funny. The people are just a joy to work with,” Frentress told us, recalling her encounter with one patient — a man with heart arrhythmia — after she helped stabilize him.

“He looked at me and I said, ‘do you feel better?’ I said, ‘I could just hug you, your rhythm changed.’ And he said, ‘well go ahead then, go ahead and hug me,’ so I did.”

Wendy said moments like that make her want to keep going, “as long as I’m able to.”

Wendy will attend the Stars of Life Conference in Washington D.C. in April, as a result of receiving the Volunteer Individual of the Year award.

Read the full story and see the news video here.


EMS MEMORIAL CELEBRATION
We are accepting applications for next year's EMS Memorial Celebration. The deadline is April 11, 2015.

EMS Memorial Criteria
Line of Duty Death: Individual was killed in the performance of his/her EMS duties.
No Fee

National/State/Local Recognition: Provider had a significant impact of EMS in their community, spent at least 10 years providing EMS, or died while an active member of a department.
Fee: $125.00

To submit an outstanding EMS Provider that has deceased from your community please complete an online application and submit all necessary materials before April 11, 2015. Or, if you'd prefer to submit by mail, please print, complete and mail this PDF.

The names of individuals submitted will be engraved and celebrated at the 2015 EMS Memorial Ceremony, held at the EMS Memorial, West Des Moines Station #19, 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266. This event is presented by IEMSA in cooperation with supporting sponsors.

A video of our 2013 EMS Ceremony is available here.


2015

Hall of Fame
Kevin Frost

After 37 years of dedicated service to Decatur County Hospital Ambulance, Paramedic Kevin Frost retired in March of...
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Hall of Fame
Mark Farren

Our beloved and late Chief Mark Farren, during his lifetime, met each of these definitions and much, much, much more. He... read more

Hall of Fame
Ruth Ann Hamlin

“Friend of EMS”—those words can encompass a wide variety of people and their many duties and commitments to an EMS... read more

Hall of Fame
Kenneth Rasing

I'm not certain which award most represents Ken Rasing the best, as he is a part time instructor, EMS is not his fulltime career... read more

Hall of Fame
Dr. Richard Vermeer

Dr. Richard Vermeer has been the medical director for MEDIC EMS since the date of its inception in 1982. He is the first... read more

Career Individual EMS Provider
Jamey Robinson

I would like to nominate Jamey Robinson CCPM. He is a paramedic that takes what he does very seriously and at the same time makes everyone feel...
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Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Cheryl Van Dyke

I would like to nominate EMT Cheryl Van Dyke of the Nichols First Responders. Cheryl has been an EMT for over thirty years. She has been... read more

EMS Instructor of the Year
Terry Sudrla

EMS personnel in Northwest Iowa have most likely had their lives touched in one way or another by Terry Sudrla, an EMS instructor and... read more

Volunteer EMS Service of the Year
Mediapolis Community Ambulance Service

Mediapolis Community Ambulance Service has played a vital role in protecting Northern Des Moines County for 34 years. The dedicated... read more

Dispatcher of the Year
Jill Cawiezell

I would like to nominate Jill Cawiezell for IEMSA 2015 Dispatcher of the year. Jill was hired at MEDIC EMS on September 15, 1986 starting as a... read more

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2014

Hall of Fame
Fay Boyd (posthumous)
Jeff Howard
Ernest Johnston (posthumous)
Doug Polking
Doug York

EMS Instructor of the Year
Jane Morgan

Friend of EMS
Dr. Foley

Dispatcher of the Year
Jessica Frunzar

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Wendy Frentress

Career Individual EMS Provider
Teresa Mathews

Volunteer EMS Service
New Sharon Fire & Rescue

Career EMS Service
Trinity Regional Medical Center Ambulance Service

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2013

Hall of Fame
Marlene Bowers
Judith Frisch
Russ Piehl (posthumous)

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Jan Beach-Sickels

Dispatcher of the Year
Jessica Paulsen

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Jeff Burke

Career Individual EMS Provider
Mike Hartman

Volunteer EMS Service
Clay County Fair EMS

Career EMS Service
Mitchell County EMS

IEMSA Board Member Retirees
Rod Robinson
Thomas Craighton
John Hill

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2012

Hall of Fame
George Vannatta, III
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Charles "Jack" Atkinson view bio
Dennis Bachman
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Full Time Instructor of the Year
Lee Richardson

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Michael Kaduce

Friend of EMS
Gene Draper

Dispatcher of the Year
Janelle Harris

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Max Reed

Career Individual EMS Provider
Jeff Howard

Volunteer EMS Service
Humboldt Ambulance Service

Career Service
Muscatine Fire Department Ambulance Service

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2011

Hall of Fame
Randy Bever
Jeff Dumermuth
Dave Tice

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Sandy Neyen

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Dave Tice

Friend of EMS
Tom Hendricks

Dispatcher of the Year
Lori Connell

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Lonnie Ondracek

Career Individual EMS Provider
Roger Wernimont

Volunteer EMS Service
Stuart Rescue Unit

Career Service
MEDIC EMS

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2010

Hall of Fame
Terry Leicher
Connie & Warren Lewis
Allan Vande Kamp

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Rhonda Healey

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Jason Griffin

Friend of EMS
Dr. Carlos Falcon

Dispatcher of the Year
Vanessa Figueroa

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Jane Hagen

Career Individual EMS Provider
Wendy Baker

Volunteer EMS Service
Carroll County EMS Association

Career Service
Paramount Emergency Medical
 

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2009

Hall of Fame
Mark Gruber
James Cook

Full Time Instructor of the Year
John Jorgensen

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Michael Aguilar

Friend of EMS
Judith Giertz

Dispatcher of the Year New for 2009
Donna Bogs

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Lisa Wilcox

Career Individual EMS Provider
Andy Summitt

Volunteer EMS Service
Bi-County Ambulance

Career Service
Siouxland Paramedics

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2008

Hall of Fame
Brett Henderson
Richard K. Jennings
Charles Owen
Al Hunter
Ken Vanlandingham
Rick Moore

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Chuck Gipson

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Clifford Greedy, EMT-Intermediate

Friend of EMS
Betty Wallace

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Dan Collins

Career Individual EMS Provider
Jamie Temple

Volunteer EMS Service
Parkersburg Ambulance Service

Career Service
Sartori Paramedics

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2007

Hall of Fame
Charles Nehl
Dr. William Moothart
Bruce Thomas
Kathy Dolan
Mildres Lucas
Mark Postma

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Ladonna Crilly

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Clifford Adcock

Friend of EMS
Jackie Scadden

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Brian Arnold

Career Individual EMS Provider
Brian Jacobsen

Volunteer EMS Service
Morning Sun Community Ambulance

Career Service
Mason City Fire Department

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2006

Hall of Fame
Herman Dirksen
John H. Heller
Ray Jones

Full Time Instructor of the Year
George Vannatta

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Jim Steffen

Friend of EMS
EMSLRC
ABATE

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Mindy Brittan

Volunteer EMS Service
Blairstown EMS

Career Service
Clive Fire Department

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2005

Hall of Fame
Jim Carthey
Jerry Kahler
Larry Rossman

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Dan Glandon

Friend of EMS
Rita Pierson

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Mike DeSpain

Career Individual EMS Provider
David Wilson

Volunteer EMS Service
Wapello Ambulance Service

Career Service
Area Ambulance Service

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2004

Hall of Fame
Mark Frese
Kenneth C. Raynor

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Kerry Gramenz

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Dave Staner

Friend of EMS
Ellie Cadam

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Dick Bullard

Career Individual EMS Provider
Scott Gavin

Volunteer EMS Service
Palo Alto County Ambulance

Career Service
Heartland EMS Service of Dubuque

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2003

Hall of Fame
Patrick Scollard
Edward W. Riley
LeRoy Jorgensen

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Brad Madsen

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Dennis Morlan

Friend of EMS
Jerry Youngquist

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Tim Richmond

Career Individual EMS Provider
John Hill

Volunteer EMS Service
Lockridge Emergency Response Unit

Career Service
Spencer Hospital Ambulance Service

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2002

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Judy Rurup

Friend of EMS
Gerald Brown

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
David Kleis

Career Individual EMS Provider
Gerald Ewers

Volunteer EMS Service
Humboldt Cty Mem. Hosp. Ambulance Service

Career Service
Muscatine Fire Dept. EMS

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2001

Friend of EMS
Gerry Sloniker

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Karla Anderson

Career Individual EMS Provider
Gary Ireland

Volunteer EMS Service
Denver Ambulance Service

Career Service
Sioux Valley Mem. Hosp. Ambulance Service

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2000

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Dave Boesen

Career Individual EMS Provider
Captain David M. Edgar

Volunteer EMS Service
Humboldt Cty EMS

Career Service
Monroe Cty EMS

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1999

Hall of Fame
Frances Bohlken
Donald Bekker
Emogene Sargenfrey

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Connie Knutsen

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Maureen Boots

Friend of EMS
Doris Rindels

Volunteer EMS Service
Walcott Vol. Fire Dept.

Career Service
Henry Cty Ambulance Service

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1998

Hall of Fame
Glen Kersch

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Rosemary Adam

Friend of EMS
Scott Cty Regional Authority
Riverboat Development Authority

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Lawrence Benda

Career Individual EMS Provider
Kevin Lange

Volunteer EMS Service
Estherville Ambulance Service

Career Service
West Des Moines EMS

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1997

Hall of Fame
Larry Speed
Roger Hayes
Leo Thiele

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Mike Hartley

Friend of EMS
Harlan Police Dept.

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Jon Swanson

Career Individual EMS Provider
Thomas Summitt

Volunteer EMS Service
Sioux Center Ambulance

Career Service
Dickenson Cty. Mem. Hospital MICS

Volunteer Instructor
Jeff Mitchell

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1996

Hall of Fame
Joe Vanderheiden
Marilyn DeSalvo

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Jeff Messerole

Friend of EMS
Gary Ireland

Volunteer Individual EMS Provider
Dennis Frisch

Career Individual EMS Provider
Frank Prowant

Volunteer EMS Service
Epworth Fire Dept. & Rescue Service

EMT-D Volunteer Service
Sentral Ambulance Service

Paramedic Service
Medic EMS

EMT-I Volunteer Service
Adair Fire & Rescue

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1995

Full Time Instructor of the Year
Craig Keough

Part Time Instructor of the Year
Evelyn Wolfe

Friend of EMS
Dr. Dana Schaffer

Paramedic Service
Story Cty Mobile Intensive Care Unit

First Responder of the Year
Duane Carpenter

Paramedic of the Year
Tim Trosky

EMT-I of the Year
John Copper

First Responder Service of the Year
Lewis Township Vol. FD

EMT A/D Individual of the Year
Jeri Nielsen

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