Garner Recognized for Lifetime Contributions to EMS at 12th Annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum

Garner Recognized for Lifetime Contributions to EMS at 12th Annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum

News Aug 17, 2017

August 16, 2017—Legendary EMS leader, Bob Garner, was honored last week at the 12th annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum, a national conference for senior EMS leadership representing all models of delivery service.

Garner was presented with the Pinnacle Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his distinguished career in EMS. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to emergency medical services over the course of their career.

“I’ve had the great fortune to cross professional and personal paths with Bob on a variety of occasions across the years.  He is a true servant leader, embodying civility, kindness and commitment in all that he did,” said Jay Fitch, PhD, a founding partner of Fitch & Associates. “Bob has led by example, and in doing so has lifted EMS at every turn.”

A native of North Carolina, Garner was a member of the first class of Florida paramedics in 1976. He was president of Randle-Eastern Ambulance Service in Miami and, after it became part of AMR, served as the Eastern Regional President and subsequently served with Envision Health.

Garner served on the Board of the American Ambulance Association from 1986-2007 and as its President from 2004-06. He was called to testify before congress about incident command and emergency preparedness after Katrina in 2005. 

Garner’s leadership extends beyond EMS, Fitch said, and is found in many areas of his community. He serves as a trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, was a board member of the Florida Disabilities Advisory Council, and the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association. 

Garner has also long been active as an advocate for youth, serving as the International President of Optimist International, a group of 2,500 service organizations with over 85,000 members in 35 countries that are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids."                                   

Presented by Fitch & Associates, Pinnacle is the premier event for senior EMS leadership, with nearly 700 attendees each year. Fitch & Associates is the leading consulting firm for emergency services in the country, helping agencies and developing leaders for more than three decades. In 2018, Pinnacle will be held July 23-27 in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information visit

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