July 12, 2017
The Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs (LANREMT) announced that Acadian Ambulance Dispatcher David Roy has been selected as their Telecommunicator of the Year, and Quality Improvement Coordinator John Witt has been selected as the EMS Instructor/Coordinator of the Year. The awards were announced at their annual conference in Houma on Friday, June 9.
Roy is a 27-year veteran of Acadian Ambulance, beginning his career as an EMT Basic, while he worked to earn his EMT-Paramedic through then-USL. He worked in ground operations before transferring to the dispatch center in 1998. As a dispatcher, Roy can be counted on to dispatch any of Acadian’s service areas with ease. For many years, he has provided excellent self-help instructions to patients while the ambulance was on the way.
“David is very dedicated to his profession and to helping others. This dedication was showcased during the flood in August 2016. He was unable to drive to work because the roads around his home were flooded, so David walked almost five miles to get to work to make sure that we were able to provide great service to our customers during such a time of need,” said Communications Center Operations Manager Chad Doucet.
Witt has been with Acadian Ambulance for more than 12 years, and also began as an EMT-Basic. He became a paramedic after a few years, and worked his way up as a paramedic field supervisor, adjunct National EMS Academy Instructor, alternate flight paramedic for Safety Management Systems/Chevron, and operations supervisor before his current role as quality improvement coordinator.
“Over the years John has demonstrated exceptional skills in providing patient care to the communities he has served, not just as a paramedic, but as a professional. He is continuously regarded as being an exceptional coordinator/instructor by monitoring the quality of patient care throughout safety boot camps, mass casualty incident (MCI) simulations, and countless hours of instruction. He is also considered an exceptional paramedic his peers, hospital staff and physicians,” said Hub City Operations Manager Orlando Rolon.
“John has dedicated countless hours above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his area medics stay safe and the community members get the best medical care possible,” Rolon continued. “Without dedication like John displays, prehospital EMS would not be as advanced as it is today and we would not be able to serve our community as well as we do. John has earned his position through hard work and dedication, but most importantly because of his passion to help others.”
LANREMT is the Louisiana affiliate of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), and is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).
Acadian Ambulance is committed to their patients and their communities. They are an emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider to Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.
Since 1971, Acadian has been committed to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.