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Augusta EMT/Firefighter Awarded First Responder of the Year 2023


John Freeman is an EMT/Firefighter and has been a St. Charles County Ambulance District’s (SCCAD) Augusta First Response Team member for two decades.

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John was recently awarded the 2023 First Responder of the Year by the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association (MEMSA).

First Responder Freeman has been working to facilitate collaborative training between the District and volunteer fire partners. When SCCAD assembled as a volunteer First Response Team dubbed Medic 20, now known as Medic 391, John was among the first to raise his hand. He was sworn in as part of the inaugural team in 2005. It seemed fate, as he had just completed his EMT program for the District one year prior. He was the valedictorian of his class.

On countless occasions, John has managed Level I trauma patients, whether they be the victims of a motorcycle, motor vehicle, all-terrain-vehicle, boat, or even plane collision. John has been involved in various situations, including trail and water rescues and wilderness responses. He provided emergency care in the wake of the F2 tornado that ravished several homes in the Defiance area in December of 2021.

In giving of himself to the citizens of Augusta and Defiance, he has undoubtedly improved patient outcomes by providing emergency medical care as a First Responder; his contributions go far and wide.

Congratulations, John, and thank you for your dedication to the community!

Information and picture provided by SCCAD. The MEMSA is a nonprofit, statewide professional association committed to high-quality emergency medical services across Missouri. Since 1983, MEMSA has provided leadership in education, training, and legislation. MEMSA provides a forum for EMS professionals to accomplish common goals that ensure quality EMS care is delivered statewide.