Dare County EMS paramedic Joshua McKenney, who recently received the prestigious North Carolina Foreign War Veterans (VFW) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Citation, was recognized on Monday by the VFW Post 10950 from Outer Banks to Dare County Commissioners Council. , July 19, 2021.
Each year, the North Carolina Department’s VFW selects individuals from three distinct categories to receive the Civil Servant Citation Awards: paramedics, law enforcement officials, and firefighting personnel. Eligible persons include anyone who actively provides emergency medical treatment, rescue services or civil disaster assistance as a member of a public or voluntary company organized to provide such services.
Dare County EMS Director Jennie Collins nominated McKenney for the award, for which he was selected and recognized by Outer Banks VFW Post 10950. McKenney’s nomination was then forwarded to the North Carolina Department’s VFW competition, and he was awarded also was selected as the North Carolina Winner of the EMT Civil Servants Citation Award.
According to Collins’ letter of appointment, “During the years Joshua was in Dare County, he excelled in every aspect possible for a paramedic. It is indisputable that his love for people is what motivates him in his passion to serve. Joshua’s sincere desire is to provide the best possible patient care, both in medicine and care. His benevolence is one of his many qualities that benefit our community.
McKenney began his public service career in 2003 with the City of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Team, where he served as a lifeguard for three summers. He also worked as a lifeguard for the Town of Nags Head Ocean Rescue during the summers of 2008-2011.
McKenney was originally hired by Dare County EMS as an advanced EMT in 2005 and quickly graduated as a paramedic five years later, in 2010.
In 2012, McKenney moved overseas to serve as a missionary in India and is fluent in Hindi. After completing his mission work in India, he returned to Dare County EMS in 2016 as a paramedic.
In 2017, McKenney applied for the highly competitive flight paramedic position on Dare MedFlight, and he was successfully appointed to this position. In 2018, McKenney made a commitment to devote significant study, time and training to achieving her Paramedic Certification.
McKenney has also continuously improved through professional and personal training, and he currently holds two degrees. The first is a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language, which he obtained from Liberty University. The second is a Master of Arts: Religion in Church Ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary. McKenney graduated while working and also being the husband of his wife, Bethany, and the father of the couple’s five children.
“In addition to his many attributes, McKenney has a passion for teaching,” according to Collins’ nomination form. “Teaching EMS service providers, from the most recent student trying to gain a foothold in the industry to the most incumbent supplier, requires the greatest patience, strength, commitment, encouragement, support and wisdom to deliver quality results. . These qualities are constantly demonstrated by Joshua and resulted in catapulting him to a place of admiration among his students and peers.
In addition to his work with Dare County EMS, McKenney is also a Level 1 Instructor at the North Carolina EMS Office and Assistant Instructor at the College of the Albemarle, where he teaches New EMTs, Advanced EMTs, and Paramedics.
“Joshua is a knowledgeable and natural educator, where his teaching style inspires enthusiasm and energy in his students, which results in compassionate and strong caregivers,” Collins wrote in her nomination form. “His innate ability to teach in this profession creates a bond between his peers that deepens over time. Joshua is a dedicated public servant, as evidenced by his years of public service and his dedication to teaching others. He is a mentor that his colleagues turn to for guidance and advice, long after the formal education process has ended. Joshua is a loyal, accomplished and selfless public servant. The qualities detailed in this appointment only capture the salient points of his superior character and love for his community. ”
In addition to being declared the winner for the state of North Carolina, McKenney’s nomination has also been brought forward for consideration at the national level, and he is now a nominee for the VFW National EMT of the Year Award, which will be presented to the 122nd VFW’s National Convention to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in August.
McKenney joins former Dare County VFW EMT Public Servant Citation Award recipients who were Paramedic Darren Hager, Paramedic Ashley Johnson and Advanced EMT Bill Laricos, who was also selected as Dare County EMT of the Year. and North Carolina State EMT of the Year in 2018.
For more information on the North Carolina EMT Public Servant Citation Award, visit www.VFWNC.com. For more information on Dare County EMS, visit www.DareNC.com/EMS.
On the photo from left to right: VFW Duty Officer Barry Holt, VFW Member Kelli Harmon, VFW Advisory Board Member Ellen Aidock, VFW Member Jack McCombs, Outer Banks VFW Post 10950 Senior Vice Commander Richard Probst, Dare County EMS Director Jennie Collins, Quartermaster of VFW post Jim Norrell, Dare County EMS Lieutenant Joshua McKenney.