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Local EMTs recognized for 20 years as Nationally Registered EMTs

| October 20, 2013

EMTCOSHOCTON – Thelma Beckman, Terry Shroyer and Rob Goodwin, Emergency Medical Technicians with Coshocton County EMS, were recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT. This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization. Providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers.

To maintain their status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Thelma, Terry, and Rob, completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America.

They not only completed courses to refresh their fundamental knowledge and skills, but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of continuing education courses to advance their knowledge on new lifesaving skills.  That’s an additional 24 hours of continuing education each year for the past 20 years over and above the 20 to 30 hours that are required for recertification.

By maintaining their Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Thelma, Terry and Rob are among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

Rob started his EMS career in 1988, became a paramedic in 1989, and began working for Coshocton County EMS in 1994.  Rob is currently the longest serving paramedic with Coshocton Co. EMS.

Thelma and Terry started their EMS careers as volunteer EMTs for the West Lafayette Emergency Squad in 1979. Thelma became Nationally Registered as Advanced EMT in March, 1993, and Terry became Nationally Registered as Advanced EMT in November 1992. Both continue to serve their community today, and now with 34 years of continuous service have the additional distinction of being the longest serving EMTs in the history of Coshocton County.

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