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Barrow County resident given Governor’s Public Safety Award

Barrow County resident Keith Wages, right, was recently honored with the Governor’s Public Safety Award by Gov. Nathan Deal, center. (Special photo)

Barrow County resident Keith Wages, right, was recently honored with the Governor’s Public Safety Award by Gov. Nathan Deal, center. (Special photo)

A Barrow County man has received the Governor’s Public Safety Award in recognition of his contributions over a four-decade career.

R. Keith Wages, director of the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma, was honored by Gov. Nathan Deal in a ceremony last week at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. A long-time Barrow County resident, Wages has served in various positions throughout his career, though all in the same field: emergency medical technician, EMS director, EMS program director, deputy state director and his current position.

According to a news release, Wages has “worked very closely with the hospitals in Georgia to advocate and encourage EMS involvement in various programs for the improvement of patient care.” He has also served on a number of boards and associations.

“Keith Wages has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of the patient care rendered by medics across the state,” said Courtney Terwilliger, chair of the Georgia Association of EMS. “His innovative work with the Georgia Heart Association and the Coverdell Stroke Registry has opened the door for better patient care, not only in the pre-hospital arena but also into the hospitals.”

Throughout his career, Wages has been recognized with numerous region and state EMS Awards, including the Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr., Distinguished Service Award (1993), the Dr. John B. O’Neal III EMS Pioneer Award (2007), the Georgia Association of EMS Chairman’s Award (2009), and the Northeast Georgia EMS Special Achievement Award (2010).