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Hackensack University Medical Center recently celebrated its 22nd Annual Emergency Medical Services Excellence Awards Dinner at the Stony Hill Inn of Hackensack. First responders from across the county were honored for their services, and several scholarships were awarded.
“As the state-designated trauma center for Bergen County, we want to recognize the care we provide is made possible through the vital role played by the county’s EMS, police, and fire departments,” said Dr. Joseph Feldman, chairman of Emergency Medicine at HackensackUMC. “First responders are the first line of defense, often working under conditions that put them at great personal risk. It is an honor to recognize their hard work and dedication.”
In addition to awards, there were four scholarships presented: Jay Aldrin Locquiao was awarded the Emil Yannetti Scholarship; David Kornmehl was awarded the Robert D. Cirri Scholarship; Emily Davis was awarded the V.E. Ralph Scholarship; and Amanda Pirola was awarded the William DeLooper Scholarship.
The following local winners were honored: Scott Adamo, John Behr, Sean Woodbridge and Charlie Lesho, Hasbrouck Heights Police Department; Dave Gumbrecht, Patrick Mucha and Andrew Waring, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department; Amy Werner, Tom Butler, Joanne Piccininni, Mark Schmidt, Brian Moriarty, Christopher Paricio, Dennis O’Keefe, Donald Holmes, Edward Larre, Frank Blatterman, Jennifer Ricker, Joe Cocuzza, Joe Grabianowski, JoEllen Buell, Nancy DelMoro, Purcell Charles, Rebecca Taylor, Rosie Roantree, Sean Reilly and Zack Weissman, all Hackensack paramedics and nurses; Steve Fernandez, Jacqueline Hulme, Serghio Maza, Agnieszka Miler, Robert Russenberger , Pedro Saldanha and Christian Varon, Vanguard EMS; Yaniesa Arroyo, Michael Beliveau, Sean Kennedy, Allison Murray, Christopher Saraceno and Ira Sheinman, all MICCOM dispatchers; Robert Osetek, Tom Schlomann, Robert Sloma, Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Michael Hinchcliffe and Dominick Verdi, Little Ferry Police Department; Ray Cilli and Wendy Laverso, Little Ferry EMS; Steve Iurato and Michael Mickendrow, Little Ferry Fire Department; Roland Jacobsen, Jeremy Kieferle and Ben Varghese, Rochelle Park EMS; Todd Starling and Daniel Urban, Rochelle Park Police Department; Alyson Baratta, Kole Kilmurray, Janette Levine and Alyssa Petillo, Triboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Arielle Gelardi, Joseph Reissner and Michael Twomey, Air Med One; and Paul Allocco, Hackensack UMC.