Puckett EMS personnel honored with Public Safety Appreciation Award by South Cobb Area Council

November 9, 2017

Puckett EMS Paramedic Jordan Doty and AEMT Sam White recently were honored for outstanding service in protecting public safety by the South Cobb Area Council of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon on November 1.

The South Cobb Area Council recognized the team for their commitment to the community and for their exceptional ability to perform their duties under the most strenuous of circumstances.

“These gentlemen exemplify the dedication and spirit that our crews here at Puckett EMS have,” said Puckett EMS Information Officer Jim McMichen. “That can’t be taught. It’s a culture that permeates throughout our company because of great clinicians like Jordan and Sam.” 

Last year, the team showed outstanding clinical skill and quick action when responding to a motorcycle injury in Mableton, Georgia. The motorcyclist had collided with a fire hydrant and was unconscious and not breathing. Before arriving on the scene, the team developed a treatment plan, which they executed efficiently once on-scene. The team confirmed that the patient had no pulse, initiated CPR and prepared the patient for transport.

In less than six minutes, Doty and White were able to begin the initial treatment, fully immobilize the patient due to a suspected spinal injury and prepare the patient for transport. While White drove the team to Grady’s Marcus Trauma Center, Doty diligently continued to perform CPR and was able to initiate several IVs to provide fluid resuscitation. 

The patient had a return of spontaneous circulation during transport, and Doty and White continued to provide care as they entered the trauma bay at Grady and transferred care to the awaiting trauma team.

Though the patient ultimately died from his injuries, the family had a few additional days with their loved one and made the decision to donate his organs to help save the lives of many individuals in need of transplants.

About Puckett EMS

Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency and critical care ambulance services to the citizens of Southwest Cobb, Walker and Dade counties located in North Georgia. In addition to operations in Georgia, Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency services to Marion and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee and is the contracted ground transport for multiple Hospital Systems.  Puckett EMS is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which signifies that the service has met the gold standard by the ambulance industry. Puckett EMS is one of only five CAAS-accredited EMS services in the State of Georgia. In addition, Puckett EMS is one of only 160 services accredited nationwide by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. 

Puckett EMS is deeply involved in the communities it services. The agency has been recognized eight times as a top business in Cobb County and won the 2013 Small Business of the Year from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Puckett EMS was named the Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year by the Georgia Department of Health. In 2016, was awarded the Southeastern Emergency Medical Service Directors Association (SEEMSDA) Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award.