KEMTA Norman E. McSwain Award

By Jessica LeDue
Concordia Blade Empire – April 2, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 17, 2015

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Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss presented Capt. Tim Stangel with the Kansas Emergency Medical Technicians Association’s Norman E. McSwain award.

Voss originally nominated Stangel for the EMT of the Year Award, but said the award committee felt Stangel deserved the Norman E. McSwain Award, which honors outstanding contributions to a community. Voss said Stangel began his career with the department in 1994 as a volunteer firefighter/first responder, and has since worked his way up to the captain level.

“He has also been teaching CPR for many years, and always makes the time to teach anyone in the community CPR to help save lives,” Voss said. “Stangel is always there when we need a shift filled or a transfer taken. He has always put the department and the safety of the community first.”

Voss said Stangel is always involved in community outreach, whether it be manning a booth at the Fair or working the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual boot drive.

Last year, Voss said Stangel was involved in 275 fire/EMS calls, and over the past 10 years, has run 1,978 calls.

“Tim has always put the safety and the need to help others in an emergency, and in training first,” Voss said.

Voss also told the Commission that the entire Concordia Fire Department received KEMTA’s Outstanding Service Award.

Voss said someone nominated the department, and the committee looked at the department’s calls and community involvement.

“As far as anyone (with KEMTA) can tell, we’re the first fire department in history to receive this award,” he said.

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