North Fork emergency medical technicians win awards

Greg Wallace
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | East Marion Rescue Squad lieutenant Greg Wallace was the winner of this year’s EMS leader of the year award.

Three North Fork emergency medical technicians won top awards from Suffolk County’s Regional Emergency Medical Services Council last week.

East Marion Rescue Squad lieutenant Greg Wallace, who works as a physics teacher at Riverhead High School, was the winner of this year’s EMS leader of the year award. Mr. Wallace was instrumental in the East Marion Fire Department’s gaining advanced life support status.

Two Southold Fire Department members were honored: Su Harley as EMS educator of the year and Brian Mahony, who won an honorable mention for basic life support provider of the year.

The awards were announced last week.

REMSCO Chairman Edward Boyd of Southold said Mr. Wallace received the award “based on his singular efforts to bring East Marion and, tangentially, Orient, into advanced life support.”

Su Harley is an assistant deputy director of the Suffolk County Fire Academy as well as a member of the Southold rescue squad.

She won for the “great effort she puts into training EMTs,” said Mr. Boyd. Mr. Mahony won in part because of “his attitude and dedication to training,” he added.

“The North Fork did well this year,” he said. “Countywide, we had many more applications this year than in the past and the competition was intense.”

“Congratulations to our award winners and our thanks to those who submitted nominations,” said Mr. Boyd, who serves in the Southold Fire Department’s rescue squad.

The local winners will now compete against the winners of 12 other REMSCO chapter awards throughout New York State for the state-wide awards, which will be given out at the Vital Signs EMS Conference in Syracuse this fall.

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