May 11, 2011


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Tuesday, May 10, Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Maury County Fire Department and Vanderbilt LifeFlight were recognized at the Star of Life Awards Ceremony presented by Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children. They were accompanied by one of their survivors, six-year-old Dylan Snider, and his family. The ceremony presented actual patient scenarios and reunited the EMS caregivers with the individuals they treated from the eight EMS regions across the state.

The day before Christmas Eve in 2009, Maury Regional EMS and Maury County Fire Department responded to a 911 call. When they arrived, they found that then five-year-old Dylan suffered third degree burns over 80% of his body when he got too close to a bonfire still smoldering from the night before. After stabilizing him and treating his burns, they urgently called Vanderbilt LifeFlight who transported Dylan to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. After nearly a year in recovery at Shriner’s Burn Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, six-year-old Dylan was present to accept his “Certificate of Life” and thank those who made his survival possible.

Maury Regional EMS members honored were Jimmy Contreras, EMT-P; Danny Cupples, EMT-P; Eric Hileman, EMT; Jamie Jackson, EMT-P; Josh McClarren, EMT-P; Casey Robinson, EMT-IV; Mark Smith, EMT-P; and, Randall Young, EMT-P.

Maury County 911 dispatchers recognized were Brenda Napier and Missy Edwards.

Vanderbilt LifeFlight members were Robin Cokerill, EMT-P; Chris Hartsfield, EN, EMT; Daniel Horne, RN, CFRN, EMT-P; Gary Schwulst, pilot; and, Amanda Shadowens, EMT.

Maury County Fire Department members were Roy Brooks, EMT, FF; Chad Bailey, EMT, FF; David Currie, EMT,FF; Angie Hickman, EMT, FF; Ben Johnson, EMT, FF; Jose Periut, EMT, FF; Jose Periut, Jr., EMT, FF; and, Tracy Periut, EMT, FF.


The mission of Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation, the host of the EMS Star of Life, is to ensure that every child in Tennessee receives the best pediatric emergency care in order to eliminate the effects of severe illness and injury.


About Maury Regional EMS:  Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has an A-rated department consisting of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are state certified to provide the highest quality emergency medical care. Maury Regional EMS in Columbia utilizes six ambulances, four that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ambulances are located at the Earl Paxton Building in Columbia and at fire stations in Mt. Pleasant, Neapolis and Culleoka. Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services has been designated as the Regional Communications Center (RCC) for medical and EMS communications in the South Central Region in Tennessee.