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Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division EMS & Trauma Systems honor Metro West Ambulance Employees as Paramedic of the Year 2017 and EMT of the Year 2017

 

 

Michelle Preston Award Recipient         

Michelle Preston 

 

  Melissa Zimmer Award Recipient                                                                                             

 Melissa Zimmer 

 

Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division EMS & Trauma Systems honor Metro West Ambulance Employees as Paramedic of the Year 2017 and EMT of the Year 2017

Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division EMS & Trauma Systems recognizes outstanding providers, extraordinary acts and meritorious service each year at the Oregon EMS Awards Banquet. This year Metro West Ambulance employees Michelle Preston and Melissa Zimmer were among those being honored.  Michelle Preston, a resident of Yamhill and an 18 year Metro West Ambulance Paramedic received the Paramedic of the Year for the State of Oregon.  Melissa Zimmer, a Portland resident and a 17 year Metro West Ambulance EMT received the EMT of the Year for the State of Oregon. Both were honored on Friday, September 22nd at the Oregon EMS Awards Banquet held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes & Convention Center in Bend.

Author Kevin Hall said, “Your gifts are not about you, leadership is not about you, your purpose is not about you. A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership and your purpose.”  Both Michelle and Melissa have led a life of significance.

Michelle Preston, Paramedic serves as Senior Paramedic in Metro West’s Ambulance Division and as the lead Paramedic/Trainer for their Special Events Division.  In addition, Michelle also served as EMS Division Chief in charge of training for Yamhill Fire Protection District (now retired). As lead Paramedic/Trainer for our Special Events Division, Michelle is in charge of medical on behalf of our company for the Moda Center and specifically for the Portland Trail Blazers.       

Melissa Zimmer, EMT has not only served as an EMT at Metro West Ambulance but during the last year Melissa has fought a very brave battle with cancer and still has been able to maintain her position as our Logistics Manager, Chief of Staff, and Supervisor of the Vernonia Ambulance Volunteers.  Melissa responds in our 911 system in Washington County and in her spare time volunteers at River City Speedway as one of the emergency responders during their racing events.

For more information about Oregon EMS Awards including the 2017 Book of Recognition and the Oregon Health Authority press release, go to

( http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/EMSTRAUMASYSTEMS/EMSAWARDSRECOGNITION/Pages/index.aspx)

For more information about the Oregon EMS Conference, go to  http://www.oregonemsconference.com 

For more information about Metro West Ambulance, go to  http://www.metrowest.fm