Monday, September 14, 2009

Putnam County Paramedic Honored

Carmen Burnette, a paramedic with the Putnam County Ambulance Service, and Rhonda Roberts, unit director with the Overton County Rescue Squad, have been recognized by the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security for their commitment and sacrifice. Roberts was honored for being instrumental in the coordination, organization and implementation of the search and rescue of a missing Overton County woman last year. She was also on the front line during rescue and recovery efforts after the county was hit by strong storms and flood waters in July. Burnette serves the EMS as a Field Training Officer, where she assists with the training and orientation of all new employees. Additionally, she regularly conducts classes on CPR. Putnam County has a long-term program to train laypeople in CPR/AED. The most ambitious part of the program involves providing American Heart Association Heartsaver AED training to every sophomore and senior in the county schools. Burnette has served as the coordinator for this program for four years, working with the schools, EMS employees, and Cookeville Fire Department. Under her leadership, more than 2,100 persons have been trained.