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Tom Long Wins State and Local EMS Awards

Dayton, Ohio (August 4, 2006) - Tom Long RN, BS, EMT-P received the Jack Liberator Lifetime Achievement Award for 2006, presented by the Ohio Association of Emergency Medical Services and a lifetime achievement award from the Greater Miami Valley EMS Council. Long works as the EMS education coordinator at Miami Valley Hospital and lives in Centerville.

For both awards the individual must have been actively involved with EMS throughout their lifetime and have demonstrated a proven lifetime of involvement in the field of Emergency Medical Services.

The Jack Liberator Award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a lifetime of significant contribution to the field of Emergency Medical Services and pre-hospital care through their work and dedication to Emergency Medical Services. Jack Liberator, for whom the award is named, oversees EMS operations at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Greater Miami Valley Emergency Medical Services Council presented the special lifetime achievement award as part of the Norma Dittrick Extra Measure of Service awards. Norma Dittrick was president for the GMVEMS from 1999 to 2000. She was noted for giving an extra measure of service to improve the pre-hospital care in the region.

"Tom Long is the epitome of both awards. Tom has been a nurse since 1965 and involved in EMS for more than 40 years. Because of his dedication to EMS, we affectionately call him the Godfather of EMS," Bonnie Coalt, director of nursing and Tom's supervisor. Long has been an EMS instructor since 1975 and has taught many EMS providers. Long plans to retire from Miami Valley Hospital in December.

Tom is a 1965 graduate of St. Elizabeth Hospital's nursing program and a 1966 graduate of the University of Dayton.