City of Rockledge Mayor, Tom Price, the keynote speaker for the event, spoke about the history of EMS providers and their importance to the community and the hospitals. He is pictured with the award recipients, Joshua Bender, Christopher Chadwick and Eric Wildenradt.

BREVARD COUNTY – In celebration of National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) week, Steward Health Care System held the “EMS Stewards of the Community” award ceremony on May 22.

Each hospital recognized an EMS provider for going above and beyond in their interactions with their patients. The awards were presented to Brevard County Fire Rescue, Lieutenant/ Paramedic Eric Wildenradt, Firefighter/ Paramedic Christopher Chadwick and Indian River County Fire Rescue, Engineer/ Paramedic Joshua Bender.

“Every day, the brave men and women of EMS demonstrate their rigorous training, compassion, and willingness to serve others,” said Tom Price, Rockledge Mayor and Chairman of the Board for Rockledge and Melbourne Regional Medical Centers. “This is an opportunity to recognize their outstanding contributions to EMS professions and their quality of care to the patients they serve.”

The "EMS Stewards of the Community" awards, took place at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto in Melbourne. The awards showed appreciation for emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians and paramedics who not only carry out the noble work of caring for others, but do so with a high degree of expertise, professionalism and compassion.

An internal committee of physicians and EMS Directors selected the award recipients among current providers in communities served by Steward. As part of National EMS Week, the hospitals also hosted on site celebrations for the local EMS providers.

For more information, visit www.steward.org.

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