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Published on January 20, 2011

Mercy Emergency Medical Services Receive Delco DAS Award for Heroic Actions

Darby, PA (January 20, 2011) - Several Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (MFH) Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics accepted an Order of Merit award during the Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Greens Annual Awards Ceremony last week.

The award recognized the paramedic units heroic actions in saving the life of PA Constable Carmen (Skip) Damiani, who was shot in the head while serving a court order at an apartment complex in Yeadon last year. Constable Damiani was one of the main honorees at the award ceremony.

"It's an honor to be recognized by DA Green for our actions," said Larry Smythe, Jr, MA, EMT-P, Director of Paramedic Services at MFH. "It's also rewarding to see Constable Damiani back to full duty after such a serious injury.  The teamwork by the Mercy EMTs and paramedics on this call exemplify the level of care provided by Mercy EMS in the community."

"It's nice to be recognized for what we consider doing our job, however nothing was more rewarding than seeing the Constable fully recovered and back to work," added Gary Vinnacombe, Mercy EMS Deputy Chief. 

The Emergency Medical Services team at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital has been serving the community since 1984, providing basic and advanced life support for the citizens in the Delaware County communities of Briarcliffe, Colwyn, Darby, Darby Township, Folcroft, Lansdowne, Sharon Hill and Yeadon.

EMS Order of Merit Awards Ceremony

Members of Mercy EMS join Constable Damiani (center) at the awards ceremony. Photographed left to right are: Mercy EMS Deputy Chief Gary Vinnacombe, Paramedic Mike Bidoli, PA Constable Skip Damiani, Mercy Paramedic Chief Larry Smythe, and Paramedic Sean Johnston.

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