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MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– (Wednesday, March 11, 2020) — Berkeley County EMS Training Chief Joshua Hemmelman is the recipient of this year’s Jack Niles Award for South Carolina EMS Educator of the Year. Hemmelman was given the honor during the 2020 South Carolina EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach, which occurred March 4-7.

“I am honored and (appreciate) for receiving this award. We have a truly remarkable team at BCEMS, and it is because of these amazing professionals that gives me the motivation to always want to do more and be the best. We are dedicated to leading the way as role models for the EMS profession. We will continue this journey and we will BE THE MIRACLE!” –Josh Hemmelman, Berkeley EMS Training Chief

Hemmelman was nominated by peers in his field. The nomination letters cited his work coordinating and increasing the availability of EMS courses to healthcare professionals and coordinating countywide clinical treatment guidelines; countless hours of instruction; working toward additional education credits for his career; interactions with first responder agencies across the Tri-County; and participation on several medical boards and committees; hosting community training courses. Recently, Hemmelman was invited to help teach the Psychological Trauma in EMS course to students from across the country at the 2020 EMS Today National EMS Conference in Tampa, Florida. Hemmelman already teaches the course, available to all healthcare providers, at Berkeley County EMS.

Congrats also to winners of the Lowcountry Regional EMS Paramedic Competition, Battalion Chief Elizabeth Gay and Paramedic Bradley Thompson, who competed in the Statewide Paramedic Competition at the symposium. Although Greenville County took home the top trophy in the state competition, Gay and Thompson performed well and demonstrated the true meaning of Berkeley EMS “Excellence through care” motto.


– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –

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