Sawyer recognized for 20 years of EMT service

16_7768SERVICE HONORED  — Ruth Erickson, director of ambulance services, presents Cheryl Sawyer with a special certificate from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 years as a nationally registered EMT.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler






Cheryl Sawyer, EMT-B was recently recognized by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 years as a Nationally Registered EMT.

This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs. Sawyer serves with the Pondera County ambulance crew.

In order to maintain her status at NREMT, she completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMTs in America.

Sawyer not only completed courses to refresh her fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance her knowledge on new lifesaving skills.

By maintaining here NREMT status and completing regular continuing education courses, Sawyer is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the national

She was nationally registered in 1989 and has been in service with Pondera County since 1989.

Prior to this position she also served as a First Responder for six years before getting to her EMT B level.

The NREMT serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.

Sawyer works full-time for 3 Rivers Communications in their Conrad office. She was also the co-president of the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and served on the board of directors for six years.

She and her husband Dave have been married for 38 years. Commenting on her award, Sawyer tells the I-O, “I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of my family.”