EMS 2013 Service Excellence Awards

Mary Richardson and James Maneval recognized for their work with Cabarrus EMS

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Jan. 23, 2014 -- On January 21, Cabarrus County EMS recognized two employees for their service excellence in 2013. Annually, Cabarrus County EMS recognizes top performing full time and part time staff through a system of peer nomination and leadership team approval. The Star of Life Award is present to a part time team member who demonstrates great commitment to the service in the areas of system involvement, work hours, and professionalism. The EMS Service Award is presented to a top performing full time team member whose efforts have served to advance the level of care, system reputation, and community awareness.

The 2013 Star of Life Award recipient is Mary Richardson. She has been employed with Cabarrus County EMS since July 2011 as part-time paramedic and has worked well over 1,000 hours in the past year. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Frostburg State University and Bachelors of Science from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her paramedic training at Rowan Cabarrus Community College and currently holds credentials as a North Carolina Paramedic, CPR Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor and International Trauma Life Support Instructor. 

Richardson is extremely active in community health and safety education. She has served on many peer-driven workgroups within the system, conducted public relations events and assisted with professional education. Her volunteer activities include work with the Cabarrus County School System and she was a key figure in the start-up of the Concord High School Lacrosse Team.

The 2013 EMS Service Award was presented to James Maneval. He has been employed with Cabarrus County EMS since August of 2008 as paramedic crew chief. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He completed his paramedic training at Rowan Cabarrus Community College and currently holds credentials as a North Carolina and Nationally Registered Paramedic and CPR Instructor.

Maneval was responsible for driving the new system of cardiac arrest care resulting in increased survival for patients experiencing cardiac arrest. He currently serves as the coordinator for this peer driven work group and enters data reflective of the system’s performance in a national database. He was instrumental in the production of a community education video depicting the public safety and community response to CPR and coordinated an event in conjunction with CMC-Northeast called “Hearts and Heroes” which reunited cardiac arrest patients with rescuers and healthcare providers at all levels.

Maneval has represented Cabarrus County EMS at several local and regional symposiums and was most recently selected to attend the National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Conference as a pre-hospital representative. His volunteer activities include service with Allen Volunteer Fire Department and serving as a volunteer cross country and track coach at Central Cabarrus High School. He is also an accomplished marathon competitor.

Cabarrus County EMS is honored to recognize the excellent service of these two team members while also acknowledging the superior efforts delivered by all Cabarrus County EMS medics every day to the citizens of Cabarrus County.