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Local nurse honored for effort as EMS responder

November 24th, 2017 | Carey Restino Print this article   Email this article  

Being a nurse in rural Alaska is challenging, but for young medical professional Tiffany Bennett, that wasn't enough. She also wanted to help those before they arrived at the hospital.

Bennett, a nurse who works in Dillingham, was recently honored at the 2017 Southern Region Emergency Medical Services Symposium for her work as an EMS provider. Bennett received the Melissa Ann Peters Award in recognition of her contributions to "improving EMS throughout the Bristol Bay area, as well as her commitment to the nursing profession, where she serves as a flight nurse, provides EMS education and volunteers with the Dillingham Fire and Rescue Department. Bennett, who works with the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, said she has learned a lot in her several years as an EMS provider. She said being able to help people within her community is a "unique opportunity." She said she encourages others to get involved and volunteer as emergency medical providers.

"I'm really glad that as a nurse I was able to get my foot in the door of the EMS world," she said after receiving the award in Anchorage last weekend. "It's really a blessing to be a part of both sides."


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