County EMS announces EMT and Rookie of the Year awards
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Emergency Personnel of the Year
Ashle Kent has been named the Grand County Emergency Medical Services EMT of the year and Wahtauna Bylilly was named EMS Rookie of the Year during a Dec. 6 awards ceremony in Moab.

Kent joined the Grand County EMS department in 2004 and “has always been a big contributor to the success of Grand County EMS,” said EMS director Andy Smith.

“This year, Ashle took on the responsibility of training our new EMTs and spen[t] countless hours working with them late into the night,” Smith said in a Dec. 30 news release. “She has been extremely dedicated to educating and training our new staff.”

Kent is also an “officer in charge” for the department, and has the responsibility of arriving ahead of an ambulance to life-threatening situations for which EMS services are called to respond, according to Smith. In 2013, Kent logged 3,200 hours of on-call time for the department, he said.

“She has made a difference in countless [lives],” he said. “We are very grateful for her dedicated service.”

Bylilly joined the department in 2013 and has “been a big part of the team,” Smith said.

“She has been dedicated to continual improving of her skills and her ability to have a positive effect on patient outcome,” Smith said. “Wahtauna has been an extremely great asset to Grand County EMS, even though she is still in her rookie year, I see her helping teach and mentor other EMTs. We have come to rely heavily on her abilities.”

In her first year as an EMT, Bylilly logged 1,950 hours of on-call time and was involved in two calls in which the EMTs were able to bring someone back from cardiac arrest, Smith said.

“We are extremely grateful for all she gives to the department and to the citizens of Grand County,” he said.

Erik Edge has been named the 2013 Firefighter of the Year by the Moab Valley Fire Protection District (MVFPD).

Edge, who moved to Moab from Georgia in 2006, joined the Moab volunteer fire department in February 2012, according to a news release from the MVFPD.

In announcing the award, fire department officials praised Edge for his dedication and involvement in fire department activities.

“Erik has gone above and beyond the normal duties of a firefighter in trainings and in the daily operations of the department,” MVFPD officials said in the announcement. “Erik’s dedication, loyalty, and hard work have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and the prestigious award of 2013 Moab Valley Fire Protection District Firefighter of the Year.”

Edge is engaged to Becca Webb and has two young daughters, Payton, 12, and Addyson, 2.

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