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2023 EMS Awards Reception

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 7 pm
Location: Peachtree Pointe, Lake Lanier, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford, GA 30518 

GEMSA will be hosting its annual awards reception on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in conjunction with the 2023 GEMSA Directors & Leadership Conference.  

The 2022 award finalists in each category will be recognized, and the 2022 award winners will be announced.  Hor d'oeuvres will be provided. 

Registration & Costs:

EMS Awards Reception: $25 per ticket
(Tickets are not included with a conference registration.)

Complete your registration using the link on the right. Payments can be made online with your registration or mailed to the GEMSA office.

Please RSVP your attendance and submit payment by March 22, 2023.

Payment is due in advance. If payment is not received, your spot will be forfeited. 


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2022 Georgia EMS Award Nominees

All nominees are listed below and have been notified if they are a finalist.  The top finalists for each category will be recognized at the reception before the winner is announced.  If you have any questions, contact

Dr. Joseph E. Simon Pediatric Award of Excellence

  • Gregory Beavers, Adam Bedford, Steven Daniels, Robert Ladouceur, Donyell Williams
  • Joseph Gates (Paramedic), Ashton Collins (AEMT)
  • Morgan Holt, Ronnie Blalock
  • Tabitha Jones, Andrianna Bonner, Chris Fitzwater
  • Connor Williams & Jack Johnson

Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall Excellence in Emergency Cardiac Care

  • Special Event Crew - Peachtree City Fire Rescue

Charles B. Gillespie, MD, Distinguished Georgia E.M.S. Medical Director Award

  • Dr. James Eric Ragan II

Georgia EMS Director of the Year Award

  • Roderick Jolivette
  • Abb Preston
  • Billy Petite
  • Andy Smith

Georgia EMS Educator of the Year Award

  • Lisa Birkinbine
  • Mitchell Cobb
  • Charles "Chuck" Esswein
  • Ben Ewing
  • Matthew Grizzle
  • Jason Hurst
  • Wesley Johnston
  • Corey Monroe
  • David Peavy Jr
  • Jonathan Walker
  • Joshua Warren

Georgia Paramedic of the Year Award

  • Bobby Bates
  • Jen Carter
  • Steve Alex Evans
  • Gregory Harbert
  • Brooke Ice
  • Corey Payne
  • Chip Seagle
  • Desmond Walker
  • Iris Warren

Georgia EMT of the Year Award

  • Tate Dill
  • Kevin Donnell
  • Paige Hall
  • Tiffany McKay
  • Christopher Purdy
  • Kathryn Nicole Smith

Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award

  • Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services
  • Elbert County Emergency Services
  • Greene County EMS
  • Henry County Fire Rescue
  • Madison County Emergency Medical Services

Mary Beth Bowns Excellence in Trauma Care Award

  • Paramedic Sgt Ryan DaVita & Firefighter EMT Mark Martin
  • Henry County Fire Rescue
  • Charles DeVane III & Megan Stanley
  • Larry "Nate" Harper, William Davis

Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

  • Kelly Buddenhagen
  • Benjamin Mize
  • Bud Owens
  • Thomas Woodruff

Dr. John B. O’Neal, III EMS Pioneer Award

  • Thomas Blackston
  • Arthur Dixon Marlow, Jr.
  • Thomas Woodruff

Award Selection Committee

A special thank you to our awards selection committee who had some very tough decisions to make regarding all our deserving nominees.

  • Stephen West, Laurens County EMS
  • Angela Adams, Emory EMS
  • Kevin Locke, Barrow County Fire/EMS
  • Bryce Layfield, Lee County Fire/EMS
  • Crystal Shelnutt, Athens

The mission of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association is to advocate for the emergency medical provider, develop educational programs, liaison activities, provider benefit programs, and improvements to the Emergency Medical Service System in Georgia.

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