Two traits stand out in the 2013 Cuming County Mutual Aid Association’s Firefighter of the Year and EMT of the Year award winners: dedication and longevity.
Both awards went to Beemer Fire and Rescue volunteers. Arnie Rief received the firefighter award, Beth Schultz the EMT honor.
Schultz will mark her 28th anniversary as a volunteer EMT in April. Her record of answering calls speaks for itself. This past year, she went on 41 of the squad’s 84 calls.
This was one of many qualities mentioned in the letter nominating Schultz. It also said she is a regular when it comes to attending meetings, practices and EMT training classes.
Schultz volunteers to help the EMS captain with paperwork and does the squad’s laundry without being asked.
During a call, Schultz is one to volunteer to complete the run sheet, a task not many like to do.
Her popularity with other EMT’s, as well as her ability to work well with others, make her a prime candidate for the local award, the letter said.
In summing things up, the nomination letter said, “Any EMT that makes almost one-half of the total calls for a small town in one year makes her deserving of EMT of the Year. We are thankful and proud to have her on our squad."
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