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Winner man is nation's EMT of the Year

Paul Schueth

WINNER -- An emergency medical technician from Winner has won a national award.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians announced this week that Paul Schueth is the 2013 NAEMT/Braun Industries EMT of the Year.

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The award was presented at NAEMT's General Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation on Monday in Las Vegas, and at the EMS World Expo opening ceremony Tuesday.

Schueth is an advanced EMT with Tripp County Ambulance in Winner and also serves as Winner's police chief. He was nominated by Katheryn Benton, a state training officer in Chamberlain.

"Paul is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty and takes great pride in his profession," Benton said. "He has given continuous and selfless service to the citizens of Tripp County in their time of need. He has an excellent work attitude, which radiates to fellow employees and colleagues, and is an asset to his team, county and the community in which he proudly serves. His desire to serve without an expectation of honors or recognition clearly demonstrates his unselfish commitment to community. Paul is truly deserving of this award."

Schueth started his emergency medical services career as a volunteer for Tripp County Ambulance 35 years ago. In his early years as an EMT, he served as the unofficial ambulance director with a couple of other volunteers. He was later elected to serve as the official director, a position in which he continues to serve.

During his tenure in Tripp County, Schueth has been involved in securing funding for technological upgrades for the ambulance service, and in planning training workshops. He regularly works with local health care agencies to ensure continuity in patient care. He is known for his resolute and careful work during "worst-of-the-worst" situations, such as the blizzards and thunderstorms so often seen in South Dakota.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is dedicated to representing the professional interests of all emergency medical services practitioners, including paramedics, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine.