LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Fire's medical director received a state honor, and 82 local firefighters and paramedics were recognized for exemplary service during a recent awards presentation.
During an event last month at Emory University Hospital, the Georgia Department of Emergency Services, Region Three, named Dr. Earl Grubbs as the 2012 Medical Director of the Year. Grubbs has been with the Gwinnett Fire Department since 2002, working to improve pre-hospital medical care, performance methods and service quality, a press release said.
"Dr. Grubbs' guidance is one of the reasons our staff won so many awards this year," Fire Chief Bill Myers said. "He has a wealth of knowledge and shares it readily with all our EMTS and paramedics. He's a true professional, and it's a great honor to work with him."
The county's firefighters and paramedics won individual CARES awards for saving 14 lives in 2011, the release said, adding that he acronym stands for Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival.
In a separate ceremony, firefighter/paramedic driver engineer Marne Richards was named the Gwinnett Rotary Club's 2012 Firefighter of the Year.
Richards, who has been with the department six years, currently works with new recruits at the fire academy.
"Marne is the perfect choice for this award," Fire Capt. Eric Eberly said. "On top of being an excellent firefighter, she is an outstanding person who approaches everything with a can-do attitude."