EMS World, RedFlash Group, and the California Paramedic Foundation have joined forces to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to prevent injuries and illness. The Nicholas Rosecrans Award is bestowed annually to extraordinary individuals and organizations who make significant impact in preventing injury and illness before they happen.
On May 8, 1996, San Diego paramedic Paul Maxwell responded to a pediatric emergency. Toddler Nicholas Rosecrans had wandered out of his daycare facility and found the non-gated pool of a neighboring house. Maxwell and his team worked diligently to resuscitate the boy, and succeeded in restarting his heart, but Nicholas was too badly injured to recover. Twelve hours later, his family released him from life support.
Driven to make losses like Nicholas a thing of the past, Maxwell and a small group of like-minded paramedics banded together to form Medics Eliminating Preventable Injury in Children (EPIC Medics), an organization of paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and others to delivery a message of preventing injury and accidents. EPIC Medics leads local and statewide efforts to address the leading causes of injury in pediatric populations, such as pool safety, auto safety, and bicycle safety. EPIC Medics also bestows the Nicholas Rosecrans Award to recognize those who work in prevention and to inspire others to join.
The California Paramedic Foundation, in partnership with EMS World and the RedFlash Group, is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Nicholas Rosecrans Award. Award winners receive:
Presentation of the Nicholas Rosecrans Award during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 EMS World Expo in New Orleans;
Complimentary 2019 EMS World Expo registration for up to four members of organization, and up to four additional member registrations at 50% off (up to $2700 in value);
A concurrent session at 2019 EMS World Expo to present the organization's injury and illness prevention programming;
National recognition through digital articles on EMS World and the CA Paramedic Foundation websites.
The Nicholas Rosecrans Award promotes and recognizes similar programming at the national level. The award has thrived over the last 18 years and has expanded to recognize both injury and illness across all ages and populations. Each year, Lynn Artz, Nicholas Rosecrans’ mother, still attends the event to personally confer the award and thank providers for their service.