Sunday, September 12, 2010

Putnam First Responder Receives State Award

A first responder from Putnam County has been recognized by state of Tennessee. The Department of Safety’s Office of Homeland Security honored the commitment and sacrifice of 28 Tennessee law enforcement officers and first responders at a ceremony held on Friday. Officials say such first responders actively promote emergency preparedness within their communities by creating policy and procedures, training staff and volunteers or responding directly to an emergency. In Putnam County, Dr. Sullivan Smith was recognized. His nomination for the award says that Dr. Smith has worked tirelessly as a community and state advocate for many years. His exhaustive emergency medical knowledge has earned him titles as an emergency department physician at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and as the Medical Director to the emergency department. Dr. Smith also sits on the Division of EMS Regulatory Board and is actively involved in education as adjunct faculty and Medical Director with the Tennessee Tech EMS education program. Dr. Smith has also played a role in the law enforcement community as a member of both the Cookeville Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Teams. Dr. Smith has worked with the state of Tennessee Governor’s Task Force against Methamphetamine and as an agent with the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force. He championed the restriction of the sale of meth production materials first in Cookeville then statewide.