2017 Honoree E. Scott Danielson | Lakeland Emergency Squad

Former Chief E. Scott Danielson, 49, of Lakeland Volunteer Emergency Squad in New Jersey, died January 16, 2016.

Danielson, a 35-year member of Lakeland Emergency Squad, died shortly after answering an emergency call of a motor vehicle accident involving his daughter.

He was able to help treat his daughter and the occupant of another vehicle. He arrived at the hospital with his daughter, and it was there he collapsed from a heart attack.

He was quickly stabilized and then flown to Morristown Medical Center where he was pronounced dead four hours later.

He was known for having a passion for community service and was well as for his involvement in public safety agencies in Sussex and Warren Counties in New Jersey. He started working EMS at the age of 14 in the role of a cadet, and eventually became the squad’s chief.

Danielson served as an Emergency Services Dispatcher with Morris County, the New Jersey State Police, and the Warren County Communications Department where he was recently a division manager and a member of the County Hazardous Materials Team.

In Sussex County, he served as the Office of Emergency Management 13 Coordinator for Andover Borough. He was a past member of the Andover Borough Fire Company and was serving his third term on the borough council. In recent years, he was known for his tireless efforts in securing more than a $100,000 in federal grants to purchase new fire equipment and new ambulances for the Lakeland Rescue Squad.

News reports noted his focus on the greater good. Danielson was an expert in the fields of police, fire, and EMS. His greatest passion was helping others.

2017 Honoree Sandra Cline | Mercy Health LifeStar Ambulance

Paramedic Sandra Cline, 45, of Mercy Health LifeStar Ambulance in Ohio, died September 23, 2016.

Cline was the driver of an ambulance transporting a patient to an extended care facility on September 22, 2016. En route to the facility, the ambulance was hit by another vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.

She was airlifted to Mercy St. Vincent trauma center but ultimately succumbed to her injuries on September 23, 2016.

Cline was a paramedic for 25 years with Mercy Health LifeStar, and was known to enjoy the outdoors and time spent with her family.

2017 Honoree Stacy Cernadas | Haynes Life Flight

Flight nurse Stacy Cernadas died in a medical helicopter crash March 26, 2016, along with pilot Chad Hammond, 29, flight medic Jason Snipes, 34, and patient Zach Strickland.

The chopper crashed in the predawn hours of that Saturday in Goodman, about 80 miles south of Montgomery, after picking up Strickland from the scene of a highway crash. The aircraft was found in a heavily wooded and marshy area. The helicopter had been called after a motorist struck a ditch and a utility pole in a one-car accident around 11 p.m. Friday, March 25.

The helicopter was reported missing at 12:17 a.m. Saturday, March 26, and the wreckage was later discovered about a half-mile from the scene of the vehicle crash.

Cernadas was trained as a firefighter, paramedic, and registered nurse. She embodied all aspects of EMS in her community. Cernadas had been a flight nurse since September 2015.

Born in Huntsville but raised in Georgia, she was also a trauma nurse in Montgomery and a former flight attendant for a major airline traveling internationally.

“Stacey had a larger than life personality and had many, many friends all around the U.S.,” her father said at the time. “I can tell you that while we are extremely saddened by today’s events, we are immensely proud of Stacey. She loved more than anything being a flight nurse and helping those in critical need.”

2017 Honoree Hannah Callahan | Kings County Hospital

Hannah Callahan, 50, died December 3, 1954, in the line of duty as a Kings County Hospital Ambulance Attendant.

Callahan was shot after an emotionally disturbed man grabbed the firearm of an escorting police officer. The man shot and killed both Callahan and the police officer. He was then shot to death by another officer in response.

Unfortunately, only nearly-unreadable microfilm of the articles written about the event surrounding Callahan’s death remain. A headline revealed, “2nd Patrolman Fells Patient Trying to Escape Ambulance.”

2017 Honoree Clarence W. Barrow | The Roosevelt Hospital

Clarence W. Barrow, 27, of Orange, New Jersey, an Ambulance Surgeon at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, New York, was killed while on duty November 27, 1905, when his ambulance was struck by a car at 6th Street and 5th Avenue, and he was thrown from the ambulance, striking his head, according to the New York Times.

“A ponderous sightseeing automobile struck the ambulance, which contained a woman patient, the driver, and a doctor,” the New York Times article reads in part. “The surgeon was thrown to the pavement and his skull fractured. He died within 10 minutes.” The New York Times released further articles the day of Barrow’s accident and death that told more of his life and his relationship

“A ponderous sightseeing automobile struck the ambulance, which contained a woman patient, the driver, and a doctor,” the New York Times article reads in part. “The surgeon was thrown to the pavement and his skull fractured. He died within 10 minutes.”

The New York Times released further articles the day of Barrow’s accident and death that told more of his life and his relationship with his community. “At Roosevelt Hospital it was said that Dr. Barrow was one of the most popular among the young physicians connected with the institution.”

Barrow was a 1901 graduate of Columbia University, and a 1905 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He started working with The Roosevelt Hospital July 1, 1905, and was scheduled to serve another year and eight months in their medical division.

2017 Honoree Samantha Agins | New Jersey Camp – Jaycees

EMT Samantha “Sam” Agins, 22, of New Jersey Camp Jaycee died August 11, 2015.

Agins was a nationally registered EMT working at New Jersey Camp Jaycee, a camp for people with special needs. She was enrolled to start at East Stroudsburg University in the pre-med program.

On August 8, 2015, the last day of camp, a camper collapsed from cardiac arrest. Agins ran to render aid with the assistance of an AED. The AED indicated no shock advised. She continued CPR until EMS arrived approximately 43 minutes later.

Despite the efforts of both Agins and other EMS to resuscitate the patient, the patient did not survive. She developed a headache after administering CPR.

Camp officials called her parents, and her mother picked her up from the camp and took her home to rest, thinking she was suffering from exhaustion. After a few hours of lying down to rest, Agins could not walk, talk, or see correctly. Her family called EMS, but when they arrived, she was no longer responsive.

She was taken to Pocono Medical Center where she was found to have a ruptured artery which resulted in several massive strokes. She was sent to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia where she died August 11, 2015.

Agin’s actions were described as “heroic and valiant.” Her dad said she was always a giver and she was known for constantly wearing a beautiful smile. He said she was also an organ donor and her tissue was donated to save even more lives. She is a hero because she tried. Her dad said her legacy is: “If you can help someone, you always have to try.”

2017 Honoree Jason Adams | Sherwood Fire Department

Lieutenant R. Jason Adams, 29, died in the line of duty January 22, 2016, in Sherwood, Arkansas, while responding to a medical call as a volunteer with the East Pulaski County Fire Department in Arkansas. Adams’ interest in the fire service was sparked when he was assisted by a volunteer firefighter who responded to a call to his home when Adams was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his second battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Adams was hired by the Sherwood Fire Department immediately following his graduation from the Arkansas Fire Training Academy, Firefighter Standards in April 2012. He served as a volunteer firefighter with the East Pulaski County Fire Department for 10 years and was a career firefighter with the Sherwood Fire Department for four years.

2017 National EMS Memorial Service List of Honorees

Jason Adams, Sherwood Fire Department, Arkansas, 1/22/2016

Samantha Agins, New Jersey Camp – Jaycees, Pennsylvania, 8/11/2015

Clarence W. Barrow, The Roosevelt Hospital, New York, 11/25/1905

Hannah Callahan, Kings County Hospital, New York, 12/3/1954

Stacey Cernadas, Haynes Life Flight, Alabama, 3/26/2016

Sandra Cline, Mercy Health Life Star Ambulance, Ohio, 9/23/2016

E. Scott Danielson, Lakeland Emergency Squad, New Jersey, 1/16/2016

Raymond Davis, Lubbuck County Hospital District Ambulance, Texas, 9/18/2003

Larry Fuller, Hunter Ambulance Inc, New York, 4/20/2016

Chad Hammond, Haynes Life Flight, Alabama, 3/26/2016

Yuji Irie, American Medflight, Nevada, 11/18/2016

Deborah Kroon, Cal-ore Life Flight, Oregon, 7/29/2016

Morris Linker, Reception Hospital, New York, 8/23/1943

John Lynch, Worcester Ems/Umass Memorial Medical Center, Massachusetts, 12/5/2016

Charles Mcmahan, Tri State Ambulance, West Virginia, 12/17/2016

Harry T. Mesh, Harbor Hospital, New York, 3/13/1938

Larry Mills, Cal-ore Life Flight, Oregon, 7/26/2016

Robert Morton, Jr., St Vincent’s Hospital of Staten Island, New York, 4/11/1938

Jonathan Noce, Joachim-Plattin Ambulance District, Missouri, 5/25/2016

Nathan Rabison, Unity Hospital, New York, 7/29/1946

Lowell Satterwhite, Sr. Dakota City Fire & Rescue, Nebraska, 9/11/2016

Jacob Shepherd, American Medflight, Nevada, 11/18/2016

Brian Shepler, West Jefferson Medical Center, Louisiana, 2/10/2016

Jason Snipes, Haynes Life Flight, Alabama, 3/26/2016

Eric Speck, Dakota City Fire & Rescue, Nebraska, 6/27/2016

Michelle Tarwater, Cal-ore Life Flight, Oregon, 7/29/2016

John Ulmschneider, Prince George County Fire/Ems Department, Maryland, 4/15/2016

Tiffany Urresti, American Medflight, Nevada, 11/18/2016