First Responders honored during benefit concert.. These First Responders were honored during the Charley Jenkins benefit concert at San Juan High. Picture (L-R) Bryan Palmer, Clayton Most, Dustin Coggeshell, Scott Burgess, David Bradford, Rhett Adair, Avery Olsen, Susan Redd and Charlie Taylor. Concert sponsors were Eagle Air Med and UNHS. Photo courtesy of Eagle Air Med
by Mike Brown - Eagle Air Med
In our communities we have numerous unsung heroes. Many of these heroes are our first responders; those who stand on the front lines working to save lives and protect our communities.
While living in a small community gives us the opportunity to see these individuals in our day-to-day lives, it is in our times of need, and often on our worst day, when we are truly grateful for their service. Concert sponsors, Eagle Air Med and Utah Navajo Health System, joined with Honor365, to honor a few of our local heroes, during the Charley Jenkins Valentines Day benefit concert at San Juan High School. Each honoree received a Congressional letter, a plaque, Valentines flowers and chocolates to share with those who support them in their service.
These individuals were chosen because of their dedication and consistent willingness to go above and beyond for those they serve. Those recognized included:
•San Juan County EMS, David Bradford
•San Juan County EMS, Scott Burgess
•Blanding Fire Department, Bryan Palmer
Officer Avery Olsen
Officer Clayton Most
•San Juan County Sherriff Deputy Rhett Adair
•San Juan County Dispatch, Susan Redd
•Utah Highway Patrol
Sargent Charlie Taylor
“It is an honor to recognize the hard work and life-saving sacrifices of our local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel,” said Mike Brown, Regional Director of the Business Development for Eagle Air Med. “We are all grateful for their service.”
by Byron Clarke UNHS
Dustin Coggeshell started in EMS in 2003 with EMS education and employment within the Four Corner states for multiple agencies. Dustin currently directs the Utah Navajo Health System EMS program and other side programs, which provide access to emergency medical care and transportation for medical appointments. He practices as an Advance EMT, providing advanced life support patient care in a prehospital setting.
Dustin's career highlights are knowing a change for the better in someone's life is being provided, although it's in the worst time of patients’ lives. Making a difference in someone's life is a great accomplishment to Dustin and his staff. It’s a rewarding experience.
Aside from responding to EMS calls and managing EMS, Dustin is working to collaborate with other nearby EMS agencies for better agency response and preparedness for disasters within the Four Corners states. These include law enforcement and fire response agencies.
One thing Dustin points out is the appreciation of first responders’ families for supporting their loved ones who work in a field, which at times can be stressful and chaotic. It takes a good family to support their first responders and provide that support.