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Emanuel County EMS Professional Honored
Monday, 05 November 2012

November 5--  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recognized eight public safety professionals for their contributions to their profession today in ceremonies at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

ImageAmong those honored is Courtney Terwilliger of Emanuel County EMS (L), shown here accepting congratulations from Tim Bearden, Executive Director of the training center..  His commendation reads:

"Courtney L. Terwilliger has devoted his entire career to the emergency medical services (EMS) community, and no one has dedicated more time and effort advocating for the advancement of the EMS profession.

Courtney was first licensed as an EMT in 1977 and has worked with Emanuel County Emergency Medical Service as a medic, educator and director to help his rural community since that time.

As an educator, Courtney taught first responder courses, EMT and paramedic courses, as well as vehicle extrication and a number of the life support courses.

During his distinguished career, he has served as an EMS director for 30 years, overseeing one of the oldest ambulance services in Georgia. In that time, he also served his community as Emanuel County Emergency Management Agency director and as aintegral member of the local hospital’s management team.

In addition to his exceptional contributions to the local emergency response system, Courtney has demonstrated impressive leadership on the regional level, having been an active member of the regional EMS Council for virtually his entire career and is past chair of that organization.

While his accomplishments at the local and regional levels are indeed exemplary and worthy of this award, Courtney is most often recognized for his contributions on the state level. He has served as a member of the state EMS Advisory Council (EMSAC) for almost 25 years and currently is in his eighth year as the chair of EMSAC.

In addition, Courtney serves as chair of the Georgia Association of EMS and vice-president of the director’s division.  In 2008, Courtney was instrumental in establishing the East Georgia EMS Educational Consortium, which is a partnership focused on enhancing EMS education and improving patient outcomes in rural communities.

He was also one of the driving forces for the Enhancement of Patient Care Reporting Project, an initiative that is distributing 800 laptop computers to Georgia’s EMS providers.

When not working to better the EMS profession, Courtney is an active member of the Nunez Baptist Church, serving as the church’s Sunday school director, and is assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 75. In 2010, Courtney received the prestigious Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the development and enhancement of the delivery of pre-hospital emergency care.

Courtney demonstrates high ideals, irreproachable character and selfless dedication to EMS, which makes him one of Georgia’s most outstanding EMS pioneers and leaders."

 
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