Terry Riddle has been named Paramedic of the Year for the South Central EMS Region.
Riddle received the award during the South Central EMS Directors’ Association Conference held Nov. 29 in Spring Hill.
The South Central EMS Directors’ Association is a network of EMS providers in Southern Middle Tennessee, including 12 counties.
The organization shares information and resources in an effort to improve EMS services in the region.
Riddle has been with the Coffee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for more than 10 years.
He started working in the first-responder field as a volunteer firefighter, according to EMS Deputy Chief Paul Tibbs.
“Terry later became licensed as an EMT [emergency medical technician] June 2006,” Tibbs said. “He joined Coffee County EMS in June 2008.”
Riddle then started attending Chattanooga State Community College and became licensed as a paramedic in February 2012, according to Tibbs.
“Terry was promoted to shift captain in August 2012,” Tibbs said. “Most recently, he joined the team of investigators with the medical examiner’s office.”
Riddle has been an asset to Coffee County EMS with his strong work ethics and leadership, added Tibbs.
Receiving the award came as a surprise to Riddle.
Tibbs and Coffee County EMS Chief Michael Bonner knew he would be recognized on Nov. 29, but they hadn’t told Riddle prior to the award ceremony.
“I didn’t have any idea I was getting an award until they called my name out during the ceremony,” Riddle said. “It was very humbling because there are so many people who work hard in this field.”
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Whitney Aussiker congratulated Riddle. Aussiker has worked with Riddle for several years.
“I have been with the department about five years,” Aussiker said. “He is a really good medic and always good to work with. He’s a good supervisor and a very strong employee. He deserved the award.”
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