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GMC to host EMS awards event

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Heroic stories and examples of courage by on and off-duty emergency medical personnel will be showcased Wednesday night at an awards ceremony.

Gwinnett Medical Center will host the event at 6 p.m. at the GMC resource building. The regional awards ceremony is for colleagues across metro Atlanta from the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, Region 3.

"GMC realizes the critical nature of our relationship with Gwinnett Fire and EMS," said Dr. John Harvey, a GMC-affiliated trauma surgeon and emergency medical expert. "Based on that experience, GMC wanted to recognize all EMS providers on a broader level through recognition and hosting the banquet."

One award winner rescued a 4-year-old girl in Clayton County who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but now has a minimal scar and without any known deficits. Another recipient is an off-duty EMS worker who assisted a hit-and-run victim in Cobb County with CPR and other life-saving techniques, along with help from bystanders.

GMC-Lawrenceville also has a state-designated Level II trauma center, one of eight in the state, which has the ability to treat trauma patients 24 hours per day.

This week is also recognized as Emergency Medical Services Week.