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Barrow firefighters recognized for service

Special Photo. Barrow County Emergency Services firefighter/paramedic Jeremy Thayer receives his award.

Special Photo. Barrow County Emergency Services firefighter/paramedic Jeremy Thayer receives his award.

WINDER -- Before the accolades, before the valor, there is commitment.

Two members of Barrow County Emergency Services were recognized last week for being committed to their profession -- and to saving lives the right way.

The accolades came April 26 at the Northeast Georgia Region 10 Emergency Medical Services Awards Banquet at the Oconee County Civic Center. Both won their respective categories.

"We're very proud of both of these exceptional personnel," department Chief John Skinner said in a release. "Both of these employees are very dedicated to the citizens they serve and to the field of emergency medical services."

* Firefighter/Paramedic Jeremy Thayer was nominated as the Paramedic of the Year for Barrow County Emergency Services.

After joining the department in July 2006, and attending one of the rookie schools hosted by Barrow County, Thayer received his paramedic certification in 2008. He has joined the department's recently formed Emergency Medical Services Committee to help keep the department and personnel current with the newest treatments and equipment.

"Jeremy is a pleasure to work with and is very dependable in doing the best for his patients," said Skinner.

* Firefighter/EMT Frank Queen works for both Barrow County Emergency Services and Walton County EMS, and was nominated as the EMT of the Year for his work with the latter.

Queen joined the Barrow department in February 2005 and has more than 10 years EMT experience and more than twice that as a firefighter. Skinner said Queen also trains constantly to keep current on the latest treatments.

"Although Frank was nominated for Walton County, we share in the pride of this award," Skinner said. "He's a valuable employee to both departments, and for the entire emergency medical service field."