Puckett EMS crew honored with Pediatric Award of Excellence

Puckett EMS award winners Paramedic Jackie Overby (left), Paramedic Mandy Allen (center), and Paramedic Kody Odom (second from right). Not pictured: EMT-Advanced Matthew Marshall and EMT-Advanced Tiffany Casey. (Photo courtesy Georgia EMS Association)

Puckett Ambulance is proud to announce that five Puckett team members have been awarded the Dr. Joseph E. Simon Pediatric Award of Excellence. The honor was presented during the Georgia EMS Association awards reception in Atlanta.

Congratulations to Puckett award winners Paramedic Kody Odom, Paramedic Mandy Allen, Paramedic Jackie Overby, EMT-Advanced Tiffany Casey, and EMT-Advanced Matthew Marshall.

“The call that won the award was nothing short of amazing,” said William Pitt, Director of Operations for Tennessee/North Georgia.

Crew members responded to a call for a woman in active labor. When they arrived, they found the woman had just delivered her baby, two months premature. The infant was unresponsive.

Paramedics Kody Odom and Mandy Allen pictured with the infant whose life they helped save.

The Puckett team took immediate action to resuscitate the child. “The crew members calmly and superbly treated the baby and mother, eventually transporting both to Erlanger Hospital,” said Pitt.

“With the crew members’ resuscitation efforts, the baby regained pulses after CPR, warming and intubation. And after weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, the baby has been discharged home – healthy and with no deficits. Without a doubt, the Puckett crew helped save the life of this baby, and it doesn’t get much better than that for those of us in EMS.”

About Puckett EMS

Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency and critical care ambulance services to the citizens of Southwest Cobb, Walker, Dade and Catoosa counties located in North Georgia and Marion and Sequatchie counties in Southeast Tennessee. Puckett EMS 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 160 CAAS-accredited services nationwide.

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. Puckett EMS joined the Priority Ambulance family of companies in 2017.

5 Comments on “Puckett EMS crew honored with Pediatric Award of Excellence”

  1. Im so glad that such an amazing team was there to answer the call. Ive always tried to be strong for my family but i thought my whole world was going to come crashing down that day. They saved more than just my son, and future wife. They saved my future, and they saved my family.. thank you for being so passionate about saving lives.. you guys are amazing. I could never say thank you enough.

  2. Thank you all so much. You were amazing. You saved my Grandson and my son’s first born. You turned what could have been a disastrous day into one to be celebrated! You all deserve this and I hope the people of Walker county realize how lucky they are to have you guys on their side.

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