MedStar Staff Honored with Fort Worth Police Distinguished Person Awards



MedStar team recognized for courage in the face of danger while aiding a Fort Worth Police Officer.


Dallas / Fort Worth, TX — November 9, 2010 —  Being dedicated to protecting and serving Fort Worth residents frequently puts the city’s police officers in harm’s way.   Each year, the Fort Worth Police Department recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to support or assist officers in the line of duty.  MedStar is proud to announce that two of its employees will be honored at the Fort Worth Police Department’s upcoming annual awards dinner.


“[These MedStar employees] exhibited courage in the face of danger,” says Fort Worth Police Lieutenant David Ingram in a letter to MedStar.  “Without time to evaluate the situation, they committed the selfless act of going to the aid of a lone officer.  For their actions while at risk of grave and imminent personal danger and providing extraordinary service to the Fort Worth Police Department in their assistance in dealing with a dangerous subject, Jeff Keese and Curtis Young will be awarded the Fort Worth Police Department Distinguished Person Award at our Exceptional Acts Awards ceremony.”


Event:                   MedStar employees honored at Fort Worth Police Department Exceptional Acts Awards Ceremony

Date:                      Tuesday, November 9, 2010

                                6:30 pm

Location:               Police and Fire Training Center

                                1000 Calvert Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Honorees:             Curtis Young, MedStar Paramedic to receive Fort Worth Police Distinguished Person Award

                                Jeff Keese, MedStar EMT to receive Fort Worth Police Distinguished Person Award


Just after 11:30 pm on February 10 of this year, Young and Keese were on-duty driving a MedStar ambulance unit to their assigned post location.  At I-35W and Western Center, they saw a car which had been pulled over by a Fort Worth police officer.  They then saw a lone officer struggling with a combative subject and a small crowd of agitated bystanders, perilously close to a busy lane of traffic.


Concerned for the officer’s safety, Young and Keese immediately pulled over to assist.  As they ran to the scene, they found the combative subject unconscious on the ground and the crowd converging on the officer.   They immediately began care for the unconscious suspect and helping control the emotional crowd until additional officers arrived on-scene. The suspect was ultimately transported from the scene to a local hospital.


“Those individuals on front lines of law enforcement, public safety and emergency services are a special breed,” says MedStar Executive Director Jack Eades.  “In this situation, Young and Keese demonstrated the kind of character that deserves this recognition.  On behalf of all of us at MedStar, I’m proud to congratulate them.”


About MedStar

Responding to over 100,000 calls each year, MedStar EMS is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to over 880,000 residents throughout  Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities including Haltom City, Burleson, Saginaw, White Settlement, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Blue Mound, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, Lakeside and Westover Hills.  Established in 1986, MedStar is governed by the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority board of directors and is one of only 132 ambulance services in the country to receive national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. 


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