11/17/2014

 

Oklahoma City paramedic student wins national scholarship

Jeremy McQuerry of Oklahoma City, a student in emergency medical services at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, recently was awarded a $1,000 EMS Success scholarship. He is a firefighter at the Tuttle Fire Department.

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Jeremy McQuerry, a student in emergency medical services at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, recently was awarded a $1,000 EMS Success scholarship.

Only five of the scholarships are given nationwide, according to a press release from OSU-OKC.

EMS Success does more than help students with scholarships, said Stacy Morton, EMS program director.

“They are active in the EMS community from ground to air, and help students and professionals alike.”

Winners of the 2014 scholarships were independently scored by a three-person panel on dedication to the community, dedication to the profession and the ability to set an example for professionalism in EMS.

McQuerry, of Oklahoma City, an advanced emergency medical technician who is studying to become a paramedic, is a firefighter at the Tuttle Fire Department. He formerly worked as a lifeguard and was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I like being the one who makes decisions, and helping people in their time of need,” McQuerry said.

In addition to receiving the monetary award, scholarship winners commit to work one year for a rural EMS agency in Oklahoma.

“The organization has an interest in supporting communities without a lot of paramedics,” Morton said. “In rural Oklahoma, you don’t have the same medical services, even though you have the same medical emergencies.”

McQuerry said he is looking forward to the challenging environment in rural Oklahoma.

“Rural EMS is different from urban EMS. You spend more time with your patients, and it gives you the chance to really talk with them and calm them for the long trips to the hospital,” he said.

McQuerry will use the scholarship to devote more time to school and his training. When he completes his certification, he will continue to work at the Tuttle Fire Department as a paramedic.

EMS Success is an Oklahoma-based nonprofit organization with a mission to provide financial support through educational scholarships for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and to support emergency service personnel and their families in case of accident or illness.

To learn more

For more information on OSU-OKC’s EMS program, go to www.osuokc.edu/ems

For more information about EMS Success, go to emssuccess.org