Paramedic of the Year keeps calm under pressure, shows ongoing compassion

VIDEO: 2016 Paramedic of the Year Mark Wilson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge EMS has put the spotlight on one man. He was named Paramedic of the Year.

"I'm very honored, very surprised, very humbled," said recipient Mark Wilson. "I was not expecting to get the award."

Although every call is important, Wilson was faced is one that would cause most to cringe.

"He went on what probably the most important calls he's ever been on, or ever will go on, when he had some young children involved in a house fire," said Mike Chustz, Public Information Officer for EMS. "They were in critical condition."

It was Wilson's quick thinking that saved their lives and his dedication didn't end at the hospital doors.

"Mark took it upon himself after transporting them to the hospital to follow up with them, keep up with them and we adopt them as the EMS family of the Year at Christmas time," Chustz explained. "And Mark spearheaded the whole thing, pretty much, by himself."

Wilson will represent the parish at an upcoming EMS expo.

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