Ralph Wilcox, a paramedic and supervisor at Bangs Ambulance, was awarded the 2019 Dr. Michael Jastremski Award of Excellence in EMS during the Central New York EMS Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Council awards ceremony held in Syracuse on May 21.
The CNY EMS Regional Council serves Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, and Tompkins Counties. The award recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to EMS activities. Wilcox was distinctly honored when the award was present by Dr. Jastremski himself. Dr. Jastremski is a retired physician renowned for his work in emergency medicine in Central New York and for his commitment to supporting EMS’s mission.
Wilcox began his EMS career in Long island and relocated to Ithaca when his wife attended the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a paramedic in Ithaca for 18 years and has helped tens of thousands of people in his time as an EMS worker. His contributions extend beyond his work, as he embraced programs such as Stop The Bleed, Sentimental Journeys, and other aspects of community outreach. Matthew Sarsfield, recipient of the Physician of Excellence Award, spoke about the meaningful and vital role EMS workers play in the community.
“Our local EMS teams respond to complex and difficult situations with skills that make a true difference in the lives of our community members, frequently and literally saving lives,” Sarsfield said. “I’m humbled and honored to be recognized for my work with EMS, but even more grateful to get to know and work with these great men and women.”
After accepting a position as a Flight Medic with air Methods, Wilcox will be expanding his work outside of Ithaca. He is currently going through their intensive training program, though he does plan on continuing his work with Bangs Ambulance on a part-time basis. Wilcox will also be working as an instructor for a medical device company and assisting with a Southern Tier paramedic education program.