Steve’s long career in EMS began in 1978 by serving his community on the volunteer fire department and ambulance. He did this for 30 years before retiring in 2008. Steve took on a casual EMT position with Allina Health EMS in 2005 and then took on the role of Emergency Manager for Wright County in 2006. The relationships he developed as Emergency Manager further enhanced the connection with our communities while serving as an EMT. There weren’t very many firefighters, police officers or deputies that didn’t know Steve by name and were encouraged by his presence on scenes. This connection and teamwork allowed for quality patient care and improved scene communication.
During this time, Steve also began presenting at area high school Driver’s Education programs as part of the traffic safety initiatives of Safe Communities of Wright County. Steve talks to teen drivers about his experiences responding to crashes and how the choices they make while driving can keep themselves and others safe on the road. Over the many years of presenting, Steve has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands of teen drivers and their parents. Teen fatalities in Wright County have dropped significantly since the inception of these presentations and Steve has played an integral role in in this important initiative.
Steve recently retired as Wright County Emergency Manager but instead of slowing down, he began working full-time with Allina Health EMS. Steve continues to dedicate many hours a week responding to EMS calls and caring for those in need. Not only does he work his full-time schedule but he routinely picks up many additional shifts to ensure the EMS needs of our communities is met. Steve’s calm and friendly nature has benefited not only his patients but also the paramedics, EMT’s, dispatchers and hospital staff he works with as well. It is our honor and great privilege to nominate Steve for the Star of Life Award.