MedicAlert Foundation Honors Gary Fire Fighter With Extraordinary Meritorious Service (EMS) Award

TURLOCK, California (January 24, 2011) - MedicAlert Foundation honored Fire Fighter Charlotte Thompson today at Gary City Hall with the MedicAlert® Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award. Ms. Thompson was responsible for caring for a MedicAlert member in the moments following an incident which left the member unable to speak. Ms. Thompson’s recognition and response to the member’s MedicAlert ID enabled her to instantly access the member’s full medical history to provide faster and safer treatment.

The MedicAlert Foundation Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award honors first responders who recognized the MedicAlert medical ID and contacted the MedicAlert 24/7 Live Emergency Response Service Center to access vital medical and identification information in an effort to help and care for members of MedicAlert Foundation.

“On behalf of the City of Gary, I would like to thank MedicAlert Foundation for their recognition of our staff and for their years of collaboration in providing critical information to our emergency responders,” said Gary Mayor Rudy Clay. “Thanks to Officer Christop 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 know I speak on behalf of the entire Gary fire team when I say we are thrilled to see Charlotte receive this recognition,” said Gary’s EMS Director, Chief Albert Reese. “Congratulations Charlotte and thank you to MedicAlert Foundation for bringing this honor to Gary.”

For further information about the event and/or awards program, please contact MedicAlert Foundation’s marketing department at rsrinivasan@medicalert.org or call (209) 669-2407.

About MedicAlert:

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, January 24, 2011