For Immediate Release: May 20, 2015
Contact: Deanne Thompson / 
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel
Recognized During EMS Week

(Santa Ana)  - In celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 17-23, 2015, the Health Care Agency recognizes Orange County’s EMS first responders (fire, ambulance and marine safety), law enforcement, dispatch, hospital personnel and medical professionals for their dedication and commitment in providing day-to-day life saving services to the community.
“National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's ‘front-line’, our first responders,” said Mark Refowitz, Health Care Agency Director. 
Each year, Orange County EMS solicits nominations for outstanding service made by the County’s EMS personnel who respond to the scene of a specific incident or for overall performance.  Congratulations to the following individuals who were identified by their peers for their exceptional performance and dedicated service:

  • Fullerton Fire Department paramedics Brian Seymour and Michael Longeuay who provided extraordinary comfort and compassion to a grieving spouse while responding to a medical aid call
  • Fullerton Fire Department paramedics, Erik Garcia, Jordan Morris, and John Zillgitt and EMT Erik Bennett who resuscitated a patient in cardiopulmonary arrest while carrying him down five flights of stairs  
  • Huntington Beach Marine Safety Department EMT Jesse Rothman.who performed emergency medical care for a child while he was off-duty

Orange County’s EMS system strives to continuously improve on processes designed to save lives, prevent injury and optimize the health of the communities we serve. 
This year marks the 41st anniversary of EMS Week, which is celebrated annually to recognize the efforts and dedication of all EMS personnel.  To learn more, visit and

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