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Lyndy Gurchiek, paramedic, recently received the EMS Support of the Year Award from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, for going beyond the call of duty to support the Billings EMS community through ongoing education. The award honors those who have demonstrated exceptional support for EMS, EMS agencies and the broader EMS system.

Through her years as a paramedic, Gurchiek has also served off the clock to train the next generations of EMS providers. She facilitates high-quality EMT courses through Big Sky EMS, the educational branch of the Billings Fire Department, with support from City College Montana State University Billings, St. Vincent Healthcare and Billings Clinic. Big Sky EMS provides continuing educational opportunities for local and state EMTs through a variety of activities and teaches basic EMT courses in Billings. Among many other educational activities, Gurchiek plans and coordinates the annual Big Sky EMS Symposium, one of the state’s largest and most attended statewide EMS conference opportunities.

Lisa Bullock and Jim DeTienne, EMS and trauma systems supervisor at DPHHS, honored Gurchiek, along with three other EMS personnel from Whitehall, Miles City and Lewistown during a May 23 awards ceremony in Helena.

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