What is EMS Success?

 

     EMS Success is a non-profit corporation formed in 2011. We are based in the Oklahoma City, OK metro area and were formed by several local EMS professionals. We have a diverse staff made up of firefighters, flight paramedics, and EMS educators. We all share the same core values in EMS which include respect, education, and professionalism.

     EMS Success was formed as a way to provide financial assistance to those that want to enter the EMS profession or further their current EMS education. We will do this by providing scholarships and financial assistance. Our funding comes 100% from public donations which include businesses and the general public from across the nation.

      EMS Success is committed to helping students from all across the nation achieve their dream of becoming an EMT or a Paramedic.

      EMS Success is also committed to maintaining an EMS Survivor's Fund to provide assistance to EMS professionals and their families should they be seriously injured or fall ill. Many EMS professionals work the majority of their careers by giving back to the community in the form of civil service. Often times there are very few financial benefits available to these people. EMS Success has the ability to provide financial assistance to these families through specific donations and fundraising events.

 

 

 

Sole Survivor Charity Golf Tournament 2012

 

Sole Survivor Charity Golf Tournament 2013

 

How your donation has helped....

 

Survivor's Fund:

2016 - Lemuel Finlay

  

 

Lemuel Finlay was a flight paramedic for MediFlight of Oklahoma and a ground paramedic for EMSStat/Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK. He was also pursuing his degree as a registered nurse. Lemuel was killed early on the morning of June 25th in a tragic ATV accident at Lake Eufaula.

For the full story on Fox25 click here.

Lemuel leaves behind a wife and two children. Lemuel dedicated his life towards helping others as well as being a strong husband and a loving father. With much public support, EMS Success donated $5,480 to Lem's family.

2016 - Captain Kelly Lewis

 

 

Kelly Lewis served as a Captain for the Edmond Fire Department for 14 years. He has also been a firefighter with the Deer Creek Fire Department for 20 years. Captain Lewis worked through a kidney transplant in 2002 but still managed to serve his community both in Edmond as well as Deer Creek.

Kelly suddenly fell ill again and he was admitted to Baptist hospital in Oklahoma City where he was diagnosed with kidney & liver failure. Sadly, Captain Lewis succumbed to his illnesses and passed away on the morning of September 13, 2016.
 
Captain Lewis was well-known as a family man and civil servant. He leaves behind his wife, Tina, also a Deer Creek firefighter, as well as 2 young children, Colton (3 y/o) and Caleb (6 months).

Captain Lewis devoted his life to helping those around him. EMS Success donated a total of $5,750 to the family.

2016 - EMT from Midwest City EMS

 

In 2016, local EMT, Tisha Spencer, lost everything when her house suddenly caught fire and was completely destroyed. No one was injured in the fire but Tisha and her family lost all of their belongings. EMS Success was able to donate $500 to help Tisha and her family during the long wait for their insurance reimbursement.

 

2014 - Air Evac Lifeteam 25 Helicopter Crash

Air Evac Lifeteam's Duncan, OK base flight crew suffered a fatal helicopter crash during the early morning hours of October 4, 2014 in Wichita Falls, TX. The patient suffered fatal injuries and did not survive. The Pilot suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Flight Nurse, Leslie Stewart suffered severe burns and died several days later at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. The Flight Paramedic, Johan van der Colff, also suffered severe burns and died several weeks later, also at Parkland Hospital.

To assist with the overwhelming amount of financial needs that the families of the medical crew endured immediately after the crash, EMS Success donated a total of $7,000 to these families just a few days after the crash occurred. This money went to assist the families with being out of work, traveling across the country, lodging, meals, and other costly expenses. See the full story here.

 

2014 - EMSA Therapy DOG

A local EMS service, EMSA, has a therapy 'mascot' dog named Major 10-7. She ran away and was hit by car breaking her leg and suffering other injuries. EMS Success donated $100 to assist with the ongoing costs of rehabilitating this Major 10-7.

According to EMSA officials, "She’s what helps make us feel a bit human sometimes when we’ve dealt with stuff that seems less than human.” See the full story here.

   

2014 - Donation Made to the Medevac Foundation

EMS Success was proud to donate $500 to the Medevac Foundation with the support of Air Methods, MediFlight, and Tulsa Life Flight, to further their efforts towards research, education, and safety for the critical care industry for both air and ground EMS.

 

2014 - Local Firefighter/Paramedic Loses Everything in House Fire:

In early 2014, local firefighter/paramedic, Jonathan Davis, lost everything when his house suddenly caught fire and was completely destroyed. No one was injured in the fire but Jonathan and his family lost all of their belongings. EMS Success was able to donate $500 to help Jonathan and his family during the long wait for their insurance reimbursement.

   

2013 - Paramedic from Life EMS, Enid, OK:

In 2013, EMS Success was contacted by a group of EMS professionals from Life EMS in Enid, OK. We were saddened to hear of the news that one of their paramedics had recently suffered the loss of one of his newborn premature twins. His family was suffering financially due to the ongoing care of the mother and their premature daughter who remained in the NICU. They were also struggling with funeral expenses. During this time the wife had to quit her job while this paramedic continued to work the streets in order to support his family. EMS Success was happy to donate $1,000 in order to assist this paramedic and his family in their time of need. We have chosen to keep this paramedic's name confidential.

 

2013 - Midwest City Firefighter Don Mariano Golf Tournament:

We were happy to make a donation to the family of Midwest City Firefighter Don Mariano who lost his battle with cancer on September 21, 2005.

"The Midwest City Fire Department is in mourning this week with the passing of retired firefighter who lost his fight against cancer in the early morning hours Sunday, Sept. 21.

Don Mariano, 53, retired in February after 24 years of service. He also had been an EMT at Midwest Regional Medical Center for 20-plus years." Full story here.

 

2013 - Moore, OK EF5 Tornado:

Moore, OK suffered a devastating EF5 tornado that wiped out thousands of homes and killed dozens. Several EMTs and Paramedics returned home after the storm to find their homes severely damaged or completely destroyed. Crystal Buckaloo Brown is a Paramedic with EMSA in Oklahoma City. She returned after the storm to find her home completely destroyed. Crystal was forced to move herself and her family into a small hotel room. EMS Success provided Crystal with $1,500 worth of immediate assistance.

     

2013 - West EMS:

The West, TX fertilizer plant explosion rocked the nation on April 17, 2013 killing at least 15 people including volunteer fire fighters, EMTs, and Paramedics. West EMS lost several EMT students and their instructor just after the blast. EMS Success was able to donate $1,000 specifically to West EMS to assist them in any way possible. 

                                                                          

 

2013 - James Postoak:

We mourn the loss of Paramedic James Postoak. James was very well known in the EMS community across the state of Oklahoma and died suddenly on April 22, 2013 at his home. James was a long time supervisor at EMSA of Tulsa and had just began a career as a Flight Paramedic with MediFlight in Lawton, OK.

James' family and friends had struggled to pay for this funeral services following his sudden passing. We were able to donate a total of $1,900 to assist in the funeral costs.

      

 

2013 - EagleMed 7 Crash: EagleMed 7, based in Oklahoma City, OK suffered a fatal crash that took place February 22, 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK. This horrific accident claimed the lives of the pilot, Mark Montgomery and the nurse, Chris Denning. The sole survivor of this accident, Billy Wynne, was seriously injured in the accident suffering from multiple injuries including severe burns to a large portion of his body. Billy was immediately transferred to Parkland Burn Center in Dallas, TX for extensive treatment and rehabilitation.

With the support of people from across the nation, we raised a total of $10,407.87 in just a few weeks time. We gave this money directly to the family of Billy to assist them in their efforts to remain at Billy's side in Dallas while he recovered from his extensive injuries.

For the news story click here.

   

“There is sadness in the air today as we mourn the loss of two heroes and pray for the recovery of a third. Today, many lives will be forever changed by this tragic accident. But,,,,,we cannot forget the countless lives that have been changed over the years as these men helped save people from death and comforted those who succumbed to it. These men are heroes. Respect those that do the job,,,and honor those that have sacrificed everything in order to help others. Godspeed, my friends...”

 

2013 - MediFlight 2 Crash: MediFlight of Oklahoma had a serious accident on January 2, 2013. The crew consisted of a pilot, two registered nurses, and one paramedic. Due to the amazing efforts of the pilot, all 4 crew members survived. However, all of them suffered injuries, some of them severe. For the full story click HERE.

Three of the crew members were able to recover quickly. However, Flight Nurse Tony Wilson, suffered extensive injuries and had to endure several operations and extensive rehabilitation. A total of $2,000 was raised in a short amount of time in order to assist Tony and his family as he rehabilitated out of state.

  

 

Reaves Family:  Zac and Brenna Reaves have been very active members of the health care field. Brenna is an L&D RN and Zac is a Paramedic. They have 5 children, 2 of whom were just recently born prematurely. One of the premature twins (Jack) has required intensive care since he was born. Jack was just recently released to go home but he still requires 24 hour nursing care. Zac and Brenna have had to maintain part-time jobs to ensure they are able to be with little Jack. On top of this, Zac just recently broke both of his legs while off duty and now is recovering at home in a wheel chair leaving him unable to work as a paramedic. EMS Success was able to assist the Reaves family by directly paying for $1,500 of their monthly bills while Zac recovers and Jack gets his continuing care. Even while recovering in the wheelchair, Zac is working part-time as a clinical instructor for paramedic students. These are great people who have dedicated themselves to helping others even while going through tough times themselves.

   

 

 

Debby Martinez: Debby has been one of the office assistants at Oklahoma City Community College in the Health Professions office for many years. Debby has always been dedicated to assisting EMT and Paramedic students while they are in school. Debby was recently diagnosed with cancer and continues to work in the office every day. The student organization at OCCC came together with a fantastic bake sale to raise funds for Debby. EMS Success was happy to donate $50 towards this fund.

 

 

Scholarships:

2016 Rural Scholarships: EMS Success gave out scholarships in 2016 in the amount of $1,000 each to Paramedic students from across the country who were dedicated to working in rural EMS. This project was completely funded by Air Methods, MediFlight of Oklahoma, and Tulsa LifeFlight of Oklahoma.

     Cameron Lewis: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Cameron Lewis. Cameron has won a $1,000      scholarship! Cameron lives in Claremore, OK. Cameron is currently in paramedic school at Rogers State University      and works as an EMT at Pafford EMS.

 

 

     Dalton Bebout: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Dalton Bebout. Dalton has won a $1,000      scholarship!      Dalton lives in Purcell, OK. Dalton is currently in paramedic school at Oklahoma City Community College and works as      an EMT at Wadley's EMS. Once Dalton receives his paramedic license he has agreed to work for 1,000 hours in a rural      part of Oklahoma for at least one year.

  

     Derek Goodson: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Derek Goodson. Derek has won a $1,000 scholarship!      Derek lives in Coalgate, OK. Derek is currently in paramedic school at Kiamichi Tech Center and works as      an EMT at Marshall County EMS. Once Derek receives his paramedic license he has agreed to work for 1,000 hours in      a rural part of Oklahoma for at least one year.

 

     Olivia Freeman: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Olivia Freeman. Olivia has won a $1,000 scholarship!      Olivia lives in Claremore, OK. Olivia is currently in paramedic school at Roger's State University and works St. Francis      Hospital. Once Olivia receives her paramedic license she has agreed to work for 1,000 hours in a rural part of      Oklahoma for at least one year.

 

 

 

Oklahoma Rural Initiative 2016: EMS Success has successfully received a grant aimed at improving the EMS coverage in rural Oklahoma. We have awarded a total of 31 Paramedic scholarships. Click HERE to see the full list of 2016 recipients!!

2015 Rural Scholarships: EMS Success gave out five scholarships in 2015 in the amount of $1,000 each to Paramedic students from across the country who were dedicated to working in rural EMS. This project was completely funded by Air Methods, MediFlight of Oklahoma, and Tulsa LifeFlight of Oklahoma.

     Christopher Winn: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Christopher Winn. Christopher has won a $1,000      scholarship! Christopher lives in Enid, OK, is currently in paramedic school at Kiamichi Tech Center, and works as an      EMT at Life EMS in Enid, OK. Once Christopher receives his paramedic license he has agreed to work for 1,000 hours      in a rural part of Oklahoma for at least one year.

 

 

 

     Lana Braddy: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Lana Braddy. Lana has won a $1,000 scholarship! Lana lives      in Rattan, OK, is currently in paramedic school at Kiamichi Tech Center and works as an EMT at Antlers Fire/EMS.      Once Lana receives her paramedic license she has agreed to work for 1,000 hours in a rural part of Oklahoma for at      least one year.

 

     Joshua Ou: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Joshua Ou. Joshua has won a $1,000 scholarship! Joshua lives      in Oklahoma City, OK, is currently in paramedic school a Oklahoma City Community College, and works as an EMT at      Norman Regional's EMSStat in Norman, OK. Once Joshua receives his paramedic license he has agreed to work for      1,000 hours in a rural part of Oklahoma for at least one year.

     Jamie Elson: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Jamie Elson. Jamie has won a $1,000 scholarship! Jamie lives      in Nash, OK, is currently in paramedic school at Kiamichi Tech Center and works as an EMT at Life EMS. Once Jamie      receives her paramedic license she has agreed to work for 1,000 hours in a rural part of Oklahoma for at least one year

  

     Shawn Cearnal: Congratulations to scholarship recipient, Shawn Cearnal. Shawn has won a $1,000 scholarship!      Shawn lives in Baxter Springs, KS, is currently in paramedic school at Crowder College, and works as an EMT at      Quapaw Tribe Fire/EMS. Once Shawn receives his paramedic license he has agreed to work for 1,000 hours in a rural      part of Oklahoma for at least one year.

     

2014 Rural Scholarships: EMS Success gave out four scholarships in 2014 in the amount of $1,000 each to Paramedic students from across the country who were dedicated to working in rural EMS. This project was completely funded by Air Methods, MediFlight of Oklahoma, and Tulsa LifeFlight of Oklahoma.

     Justin Garrett: Justin lives and works in Norman, OK and was recently offered a full-time position as a firefighter/EMT      with the Norman Fire Department. Once Justin finishes his paramedic degree at Oklahoma City Community College he      plans to seek out part-time work in rural Oklahoma where he has agreed to work for 1,000 hours over at least 1 year at      a rural EMS agency.

 

 

 

     Teresa Stokes: Teresa lives in Jenks, OK and works for Miller EMS in Medford, OK. Teresa has recently completed      her paramedic school at Kiamichi Tech Center in Drumwright, OK. Once Teresa gains her paramedic license she plans      to seek out part-time work in rural Oklahoma where she has agreed to work for 1,000 hours over at least 1 year at a      rural EMS agency.

     Shawn Snaith: Shawn lives in Monticello, IA and works for Anamosa Area Ambulance. Shawn has shown dedication to      his community as well as professionalism and dedication for EMS. Congratulations, Shawn!

  

     James Heale: James lives in Denver, PA and works as a firefighter/EMT at Anne Arundel County Fire Department.      James has shown dedication to his community as well as professionalism and dedication for EMS. Congratulations,      James!

  

 

Oklahoma Initiative 2013: EMS Success has successfully received a grant aimed at improving the EMS coverage in rural Oklahoma. We have awarded a total of 15 FULL Paramedic scholarships and 1 EMT scholarship. Click HERE to see the 2013 recipients!!

 

Jeffery Luker: Jeff has been an EMT-Intermediate for 12 years and has worked most of those years in his hometown of Paul's Valley, OK. Jeff has demonstrated his determination to be an advocate for the profession of EMS and the ability to represent his community with the highest standards. EMS Success has financially assisted Jeff in completing his EMS education as he seeks to become a Paramedic.

 

 

    

Angela Hagenhoff: Angela was awarded one of our National EMS Scholarships in the amount of $500 for the Spring 2013 semester in order to become an EMT in the state of Missouri. Angela has passed her NREMT exam and is now a Nationally Registered EMT! She is married with 2 children and is an active volunteer firefighter with the Chamois Fire Protection District. Angela lives and works in a small town of only about 450 people. She represents the values of EMS Success, is highly dedicated to her community, and she will prove to be a professional leader in EMS.