Emanuel County EMS Director Speaks at Rotary
by Halei Lamb | May 1, 2018 9:00 am
The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its April 30, 2018 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.
Zac Frye welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. After the invocation, pledge, and Rotary Four-Way Test, Frye called on Dori Johnson for a report on the pageants. Dori asked for volunteers to help with the float decorations for the Pine Tree Festival Parade. John Allen Bailey reminded everyone of the upcoming Green Jacket Dinner on May 3 at the Swainsboro Country Club.
Kristin Hall introduced the speaker for the day, Courtney Terwilliger, Emanuel County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director. Courtney’s program was “EMS – Meeting the Needs of Today – Or Not.” Terwilliger emphasized the importance of building a resilient community through training and awareness. Courtney Terwilliger, a native and life-long resident of Emanuel County, was one of eight public safety professionals recognized by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Courtney L. Terwilliger has devoted his entire career to the emergency medical services (EMS) community, and no one has dedicated more time and effort advocating for the advancement of the EMS profession. Courtney was first licensed as an EMT in 1977 and has worked with Emanuel County Emergency Medical Service as a medic, educator and director to help his rural community since that time. As an educator, Courtney taught first responder courses, EMT and paramedic courses, as well as vehicle extrication and a number of the life support courses. During his distinguished career, he has served as an EMS director for 30 years, overseeing one of the oldest ambulance services in Georgia. In that time, he also served his community as Emanuel County Emergency Management Agency director and as an integral member of the local hospital’s management team. In addition to his exceptional contributions to the local emergency response system, Courtney has demonstrated impressive leadership on the regional level, having been an active member of the regional EMS Council for virtually his entire career and is past chair of that organization. While his accomplishments at the local and regional levels are indeed exemplary and worthy of this award, Courtney is most often recognized for his contributions on the state level. He has served as a member of the state EMS Advisory Council (EMSAC) for almost 25 years and currently is in his eighth year as the chair of EMSAC. In addition, Courtney serves as chair of the Georgia Association of EMS and vice-president of the director’s division. In 2008, Courtney was instrumental in establishing the East Georgia EMS Educational Consortium, which is a partnership focused on enhancing EMS education and improving patient outcomes in rural communities. He was also one of the driving forces for the Enhancement of Patient Care Reporting Project, an initiative that is distributing 800 laptop computers to Georgia’s EMS providers.
Courtney Terwilliger’s dedication and compassion for being prepared through training and saving lives is quite evident not only from his accomplishments, but in his ongoing initiatives: First Responder Training, the Georgia Trauma System, the Uniform Core Criteria and SALT Triage, The Hartford Consensus B-Con (Bleeding Control) which includes the Stop the Bleed – Save a Life. “Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma.” Everyone should know what to do to stop bleeding after an injury. Courtney Terwilliger has written and received numerous grants to obtain bleed trauma training kits and fully equipped first responder bags. Swainsboro Rotary salutes Emanuel County EMS Director, Courtney Terwilliger. Thank you, Courtney for “making a difference” in Emanuel County.
The Rotary Club of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District #6920. “Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives,” Ian H.S. Riseley, President of Rotary International.