Veterans of Foreign Wars National Committee Chairman John Conrad presented the 2006 Indiana Emergency Medical Technician Gold Medal Award to Clay City resident Scott Fleck at a Saturday evening ceremony in the Indianapolis Adams Mark Airport Hotel. VFW Post 6606 recognized Fleck for providing exemplary medical treatment to the community.
Clay City resident Scott Fleck, a Trans-Care Ambulance employee, received the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2006 Emergency Medical Technician Gold Medal Award at a ceremony in the Indianapolis Adams Mark Airport Hotel Saturday.
"Many times, these people do their jobs without public recognition. This award is a way to do that," said Charlie Flack, the 7th District Chairman for the VFW Post No. 6606 Police, Fire & EMT Awards Committee. "Scott is a great guy, doing a wonderful job for our community. We felt he would be a great representative for consideration at both the state and national competitions."
Fleck has provided medical treatment in emergency situations since 1986. He is answering a calling instilled by his parents devotion to public service, he said. His father was a police officer and his mother was an oncology clinic manager for a combination of more than 45 years.
"I treat every (patient) as if they were a part of my family; my mom, my dad, my sister. Making someone smile or see a ray of hope in a moment of tragedy are the biggest moments on the job for me," he said. "But, even after 20 years, having someone come up and say, 'Thank you,' is a big reward, a spectacular feeling. This is truly amazing."
The VFW Emergency Medical Technician Gold Medal Award was established so men and women in the field of emergency service know that their dedication and goodwill are appreciated and of great value to their local communities and the nation.
Emergency service personnel eligible for award consideration are people who give emergency medical treatment, provide rescue service or civil disaster assistance as a member of any public or volunteer company organized to give emergency medical care, provide rescue and civil disaster assistance to our nation's citizens.
They are judged on their attitude toward their duties, their knowledge and skills, their diligence and performance of their sworn oath to protect life and property of all people at the local, state and national level, their compassion for the rights of others and their personal integrity and honor.
"We've had two award winners from our area this year, Scott and Mike Heaton. It's incredible how our nominees compete against representatives from some of the largest cities around the state and win," Flack said. "It truly is amazing the high quality of work ethics and standards of our local people in our law enforcement, fire departments and EMTs."