After 40 years of volunteer service to bring emergency medical services to Bluff, Kathy Meck Carson has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Emergency Medical Services Award Committee. Kathy was a founding member of the Bluff Volunteer Fire in the 1970s and a bold pioneer to women in the fire service. She rose to Director of Bluff EMS and has since lead the EMS crew, organized training, and provided an invaluable service to our small town.
Kathy was nominated by her peers on the Bluff EMS crew, many of whom have come and gone throughout the years while she stayed on to provide medical services to Bluff and its neighboring Navajo communities. In her nomination letter her teammates described how hard she worked as a mother, kindergarten teacher and EMT: “She was able to make the shift from neighbor to teacher to medical caregiver seamlessly and while always maintaining neutrality, empathy and confidentiality.” In the past, Kathy was named the San Juan County EMT of the year and the Bluff ambulance station has been dedicated to her.
Bluff EMT Dawn Dilego said of Kathy, “I’ve been in EMS for 10 yrs and there’s so many times when you feel like you’re done. it’s a difficult commitment….and then I remember that Kathy has hung in there for 40yrs, and It inspires me to carry on.”
We are so proud of our community member and dedicated EMS volunteer Kathy Carson. Thank you for your legendary service to Bluff!