GREENVILLE– Employers of Spirit Medical Transfer were treated to another showcase Christmas party held Saturday night at the Youth Building on the Darke County Fairgrounds.
The agenda was a little different this year, with the main prizes for the company unveiled later upstairs in the Coliseum. Santa and Mrs. Claus (Gary and Cindy Moore) arrived on the racetrack via a helicopter, piloted by Charles Zimmer. The meal was served prior to the presentation of awards while music played in the background, thanks to DJ Obie (Josh Artin).
Brian K. Hathaway and Aaron Guthrie, owners of Spirit, highlighted the deserving employees as follows:
*EMT graduates: Ashley Arredondo, Alberto Benitez, Jacob Brodick, Cynthia Bruner, Theodore Bruner, Olivia Cole, Aurora Crissman, Devyn Fiegel, Hannah Fleishans, Jessica Greve, Kierstin Haney, Marcum Taylor, Steven Marsteller, Allie Mihm, Blake Palin, Leah Poling, Carie Pope, Stacy Randall, Layne Ratcliff, Telisa Sanner, Marcy Shoppell and Kameron West.
*Perfect attendance: Darla Berger, Brian Brown, Theodore Bruner, Julie Case, Jerome Dotson, Curtis Garrison, Samantha Glover, Deb Hathaway, Roberta Hoschouer, Vinny Kroterfield, Lucinda Ledbetter, Carie Pope, Doug Puderbaugh, Stacy Randall, Lynnetta Rock, Brandon Schott, Wanda Schroeder, Dennis Sigman, Darleen Wilcox and Scott Wolf.
Later on in the evening, Kroterfield of Van wert was awarded $10,000 for that accomplishment after his name was randomly selected. The competition started out in mid-May and continued through the Christmas party with more than 80 eligible full-time employees for the drawing with 20 making the final drawing.
*President’s Award: Field Supervisor Doug Puderbaugh at 4,534.97 hours; EMT-B John Hathaway Jr. at 3,939.67 hours; Driver Wanda Schroeder at 2,815.34 hours; CDST Supervisor Jennifer Sullivan at 2,569.90 hours; Paramedic Curtis Garrison at 2,566.09 hours; Advanced EMT Amanda Kellem at 2,319.24 hours; CDST Lynnetta Rock at 2,102.97 hours; and Administrative Support Darleen Wilcox at 2,008.82 hours and Carie Pope at 2,007.98 hours.
A dedication to the 4920 medical unit was featured. This year, the names of three women were memorialized with their names added on the vehicle, which was parked outside the doors of the Youth Building for all guests to see when entering and leaving the program.
The three honored were Donna (Byers) Christian, Vicky (Riffle) Henderson and Kathy Marker.
Christian of Greenville, died Dec, 29, 2020, at the age of 74. Hathaway said she assisted with customer service.
Henderson, 65, of Ansonia, died April 27, 2021. Hathaway said Henderson, a longtime social worker out of Wayne Hospital of Greenville, was an advocate for Spirit and pointed out “her love of helping others.”
Marker, of Union City, passed away on March 2, 2021, at the age of 69. “She began as an EMT in 1983 and went on to become one of the first female paramedics in Union City, Ohio,” said Guthrie. “She worked countless hours at the fire department. She ran with the department until 2019. She mentored many EMTs and paramedics over the years and was known for her kindness, patience and teaching skills. She received the paramedic of the year award several times.”
When members arrived at the party, they had the opportunity to vote for supervisor of the year and employee of the year.
Winners were Capt. Doug Puderbaugh as supervisor of the year, and paramedic Ron Cruse as employee of the year. Puderbaugh received a monetary prize and Cruse, a 70-inch big screen television.
Upstairs, Santa’s planning/kitchen helpers — Audrey Hathaway, Larissa Winchester, Naomi Hathaway and Carie Pope — as well as Santa’s other helpers — co-owners Guthrie and Hathaway, Dave Snider, Darleen Wilcox, Carol Hathaway, Deb Hathaway and John Hathaway — were recognized.
Partnership salutes went to Wayne Health Care, Reid Health, Paulding County Hospital, Kettering Health Network, Van Wert Health, Global Medical Response, Ansonia Local Schools, Arcanum-Butler Schools, Bradford Schools, Council on Rural Services and Gateway Youth Programs, Franklin Monroe Schools, Tri-Village Schools, Mississinawa Valley Schools, Darke County Jobs and Family Services, Greenville Federal, Ault Henderson and Lewis, CPA, JP Mohler, LLC, Berkshire Hathaway Shaun Hayes, Four County Career Center and Vantage Career Center.
Another main highlight of the evening was everyone heading upstairs to the Coliseum, where the gifts started arriving.
The gifts were, as follows:
- Igels to stock for every ambulance – used in cardiac arrest patients (new to protocol and new more effective technology)
- eight new Toughbook computers
- six new large wheelchairs
- 15 new phones for the vans to replace the Android tablets
- 30 Sam IO guns with needles (used to gain quick IV access through the bone in unresponsive patients)
- 2021 Polaris Ranger mini-ambulance to be used at the special events the company covers, as well as to be used for ambulatory transports and first response calls.
- six Stryker autoload systems. This has the ability to self-load a patient into the ambulance weighing up to 780 pounds.
- two Ferno auto-loads. This can self-load a patient into the ambulance weighing up to 1,100 pounds.
- one 2021 Ford Expedition Max (staff vehicle for getting people between stations with the ability to respond to priority/emergency calls)
- three Lucas Devices (used to deliver chest compressions in cardiac arrest patients)
- one 2021 and one 2022 Ford E350 Wheelcoach Type III ambulances with all brand new equipment
- four new 2021 Ford Transit Type II ASV ambulances with all brand new equipment
- four new Ferno power cots
- 10 new Lifepack 15 heart monitors with built-in AED, heart monitoring with 12-lead transmission capabilities, pulse ox, end title Co2
It was also announced that the John and Iris Hathaway Education and Community Center is now located at 5464 S. State Route 49, Greenville.
“This will be home to the EMS classes the company sponsors along with a place for expanded community-based healthcare education,” Brian Hathaway said. “It will also be open for use to community groups and others. The back portion of the building will house the company vehicles. Plans for the development of this center are just in the initial phases.”
After the presentation of the gifts upstairs, all went downstairs to where each employee was presented with a retention bonus.
Employees who stayed with the company throughout the height of COVID, or joined the team and were full-time, received $1 for every hour worked this past year and $1.50 for every overtime hour worked. And, if they’re still there by July 1, each will receive a check for the same amount at that time.