Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects emergency medical technicians, law enforcement and firefighter personnel to receive VFW Public Servant Awards.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States realizes that duties performed in the fields of law enforcement and emergency services, whether carried out in public view with the ensuing public acclaim or performed in ways which gain little public recognition, are both exemplary and of great value to the nation.
Candidates for the VFW Public Servant Awards must have demonstrated: recognition by their colleagues or those they serve; consistent excellence in the performance of their duties; consistent dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years and continuous growth in responsibilities and skills within their profession.
Labette Health Ambulance Service Chief Randy Grimmett was named regional and Kansas Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.
Grimmett has been serving the EMS profession for 34 years. He has worked for Labette County emergency medical services since 1998 and has been running the EMS services at Labette Health since 2014.
He serves on the local Emergency Planning Committee and on the SEK Health Care Coalition. He is part of the Region 6 Board of EMS.
“The reason he was nominated was for his dedication to the profession, staff and community,” Labette Health Human Resources director Christina Sykes said. “He serves as an instructor teaching advanced life support classes at the hospital and in the community. In addition to his duties with EMS, he oversees Labette Health’s transfer and currier services. He also helped develop the interlocal agreement for Independence, Cherryvale and Parsons.”