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First responders honored at IFCA annual conference

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The Indiana Fire Chiefs Association honored Firefighter and Paramedic Dayna Leonard, Firefighter and Paramedic Joe Crane, Early Intervention Specialist Rachel Kenner and Dr. Scott Douglas at its annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference on Sunday.

“The city is very lucky to have such dedicated, passionate first responders and health professionals,” said Crawfordsville EMS Division Chief Paul Miller. “All four of these individuals are more than deserving of their respective honors. Crawfordsville is proud to be working on groundbreaking, quality community care programs and these programs wouldn’t be possible without the leadership that Dayna, Joe, Rachel and Dr. Douglas exhibit.”

Leonard was awarded the 2021 IFCA Paramedic of the Year for her compassion and professionalism she brings to the Crawfordsville Fire Department. Leonard has performed numerous life-saving services in the Crawfordsville community and has been known to display leadership and a vast skillset while in high-pressure situations.

Douglas was awarded the 2021 IFCA Medical Director of the Year for his groundbreaking and nationally recognized Quick Response Team model. The QRT, in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Health, is one of the most advanced and integrated approaches to care in the country, and has been operational since 2018. The model has received letters of recognition from U.S. and State legislators, and professional organizations across the country. Dr. Douglas continues to lead the QRT service in the community and aid those suffering from addiction.

Crane and Kenner were awarded the 2021 IFCA Specialty Care Provider of the Year for their leadership with the Crawfordsville Fire Department Quick Response Team. Through their leadership, the QRT has taken Montgomery County off of the list of top 10 counties in the state at risk of an opioid crisis to the 33rd in the past two years alone. The team is dedicated to building a recovery-oriented community by addressing substance abuse disorders in Crawfordsville.

The Indiana Emergency Response Conference Awards Program was created in conjunction with the former Indiana Emergency Medical Services Conference Awards Program and the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association Awards Program. The IERC Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding achievements and to honor those in Indiana’s public safety organizations whose accomplishments rise above the day to day excellence in training, education and safety.

For more information on the Crawfordsville Fire Department visit www.crawfordsville.net.

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