MedicAlert Foundation Honors Cincinnati Police & Fire with Extraordinary Meritorious Service (EMS) Awards

TURLOCK, California (November 22, 2010) - MedicAlert Foundation will honor Police Officer Richard Christoph and Fire Fighter Darrell Bullock today at Cincinnati City Hall with MedicAlert® Extraordinary Meritorious Service Awards. These responders were responsible for caring for MedicAlert member, and Cincinnati resident, Scott Honn in an emergency that left him unable to speak. The responders’ recognition and response to Mr. Honn’s MedicAlert ID enabled them to instantly access Mr. Honn’s full medical history to provide faster and safer treatment.

The MedicAlert National Emergency Responder EMS award program recognizes Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement and Medical professionals who utilize MedicAlert’s emergency medical information and identification service to aid MedicAlert members during emergency situations.

“I am most honored that MedicAlert Foundation is recognizing Cincinnati’s finest. This award is a testament to the exemplary Police and Fire department that this city boasts,” said Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. “Thanks to Officer Christoph and Fire Fighter Bullock for their efforts – this award is well deserved and I applaud you both today for your valiant work. And thanks to MedicAlert Foundation for their recognition of our staff and for their years of collaboration in providing critical information to our emergency responders.”

“I wish to convey my sincere appreciation, specifically for the actions of Officer Christoph and Fire Fighter Bullock and their crew members. Yet, more importantly, I thank all of our Cincinnati Police and Firehouses for the heroic work they do day in and day out in keeping our families safe and healthy.” Mr. Honn expressed his gratitude to the MedicAlert Foundation, “Due to the training that MedicAlert Foundation provides to Police and EMS departments throughout the country, the response during my event helped the responders help me.”

“On behalf of the MedicAlert Foundation, I am proud to be presenting this award as part of our national recognition program for first responders who demonstrate exemplary service. Every day in communities across the country police and firefighters are there for all of us in times of need. I am equally proud that every day the MedicAlert Foundation is helping them to protect all of us too” said Mary Dean, MedicAlert Foundation Board Chair.

About MedicAlert Foundation

MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the first emergency medical information and identification service in 1956 to provide people with a simple but effective method for communicating their medical conditions. Since the organization’s founding, the Foundation has provided services and products that help to protect and save lives for its 4 million members worldwide. For more than 50 years, the nonprofit has relayed vital medical information on behalf of its members to emergency responders so they receive faster and safer treatment. MedicAlert IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their families. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

Monday, November 22, 2010