NAEMT lifetime achievement award goes to James Fitch

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has presented Joseph Fitch, Ph.D., with the 2014 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award.
This prestigious award is given to those recognized by the association as having committed their lives to emergency medical services (EMS).
Fitch began as a volunteer firefighter in Virginia. He later served as a police officer in Missouri before becoming one of the first certified paramedics in South Carolina. Later in his 45-year career he would ascend to management and consulting positions where he improved systems and clinical performance along with program design. He also founded Fitch & Associates in 1984 which has since provided management and information systems to health and government associations.
"Jay Fitch embodies the passion and dedication of our nation’s EMS that has — and will — inspire future generations," National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Executive Director Severo Rodriguez said. “My predecessor, Rocco, would be proud to have Jay be given this prestigious award. Thank you for your leadership and commitment to our nation’s EMS."
Fitch received a master's degree in public administration from Missouri Webster University. Following that he was involved in improving a troubled EMS system and eventually becoming the director of EMS for Missouri in 1980. His passion for EMS, teaching other EMS workers and leaders and serving as an author and contributor to multiple EMS-specific publications is a large part of why he was selected for this award.

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