SCOTCH PLAINS – Though he has served with the organization for less than five years, Steven Davies has already made his mark on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, which is why his fellow volunteers nominated him to receive a 2016 EMT Excellence Award, presented by Overlook Medical Center in Summit.
Davies has been a member of the squad “and has shown his commitment to excellent patient care since Oct. 9, 2012,” according to Chief Dan Sullivan. “He is fully-certified as an EMT, has responded to 1,076 calls as of this date and currently serves on multiple duty crews when he is back from school.”
The chief noted Davies is “highly regarded by members of the squad as a mature professional who is focused on the task at hand. He is able to function well under pressure, works well with his colleagues and assumes control of patient care on a regular basis.”
Davies is often one of the first crew members to arrive for duty, “and often assumes responsibility for checking the ambulances and equipment before his crew members arrive. Steven willingly accepts all duties and responsibilities assigned to him, without question.” Because Davies is mature for his age, Sullivan said, he is often asked to provide advice to his peers.
“During his senior year in high school, he was selected to the senior project program, where during the last 35 days of school he would ride full-time with the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and also complete a required project,” according to Sullivan. “His project was to build a database to keep track of membership information, a database that continues to be used to keep track of all of our members’ information and training.”
At college, Davies is a member of Cornell University Emergency Medical Services, and when he is home, “he comes to the squad to answer calls, and he rides with us,” Sullivan said. He described Davies as enthusiastic, always smiling and the type of person who always enjoys being around other people.
But above all, Sullivan said, “He is honest and ethical.”
When he was younger, Davies was the lead trumpet with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Jazz Ensemble, and also played in the school’s Wind Ensemble. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and undertook service projects that included tutoring elementary school students. As a high school freshman, Davies became a member of the Westfield Police Department Explorers, a group that honored him as its Explorer of the Year in 2013. He also took part in the Union County Sheriff’s Youth Academy, which provides what Sullivan described as “realistic law enforcement academy experience for high school students” including rigorous physical training and participation in presentations and demonstrations from law enforcement agencies and military organizations.
Davies was elected squad leader by his fellow recruits and the instructors, was a candidate for overall class leader and as an EMT, was given the responsibility for any medical issues that arose.
“People like Steven are an asset to any program with which they become affiliated,” Sullivan said. “When you ask him to do something, it’s not only done well, it’s done thoroughly. I want to thank his parents for raising the type of kid Steve is.”
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