CAASA Paramedic Moore receives award
courtesy of Lynn Weber with photos by Maralyn Fink

Paramedic Bryan Moore of Clinton Area Ambulance Service Authority (CAASA) was presented with the Tri County Emergency Medical Control Authority Challenge Coin at a ceremony on June 25 at the CAASA base. This exclusive award has strict criteria for eligibility, and requires submission of documentation that demonstrates the merit for the receipt of such an award.

The TCEMCA challenge coin is bestowed upon EMS providers that demonstrate three key characteristics while simultaneously delivering outstanding pre-hospital patient care. These characteristics are as follows: Integrity, Compassion, and Advocacy. Additionally, the considerable effort put forth via the EMS provider will have included premium customer service, patient care delivery of the highest quality, and the achievement of an outstanding outcome. 

Bryan was the Paramedic on a call with a patient who had suffered a medical event which had resolved by the time the ambulance arrived. This caused the patient to insist there was no reason to be transported as they were feeling better. As a professional EMS Provider should, Bryan completed a full assessment which was normal; but due to his training and experience, the possible causes of the medical event concerned him.

After a lengthy and compassionate conversation with the patient and the family, it was agreed to allow the crew to transport to Sparrow Clinton Hospital. The patient walked to the cot, but once loaded into the ambulance, suffered an even more significant medical event. This caused Bryan to call back the Rescue unit that had just cleared for a driver, and transport the patient priority to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. There it was discovered that this medical event was caused by an acute and often fatal condition that required immediate surgical intervention.

In today’s world, where we are all trying to be respectful of the rights of others, many EMS Providers would have simply honored the patient’s request and had them sign the Refusal of Care form. Bryan, based on his knowledge and experience, considered the possible causes of the medical event. He then put on his “patient advocacy” hat, and calmly and compassionately shared his concerns with the patient and family, leading to the decision to transport.

A decision to allow the spouse to transport the patient in their personal vehicle, or for the patient to stay at home could have easily led to a poor outcome for this patient. Bryan’s actions truly made a significant impact on the lives of this family. The CAASA Team is very proud to have Bryan Moore as a member of their family.

COVID-19 cases in Clinton County

182 cases and 12 deaths, Probable Cases Clinton County: 45 [as of June 29]

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Clinton Transit Updates

Clinton Transit will be closed on Friday July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

Clinton Transit will continue fare free rides through July, 2020 to help the community get re-connected to services.

Sarah and Fran are there to schedule your rides.
(989) 224-8127
“The Blue Bus”

RBW Class of 1964 schedules Annual Class Picnic

The Rodney B. Wilson High School St. Johns Class of 1964 has scheduled their 5th Annual Potluck Picnic for Sunday August 30. 2020. The classes of 1963 and 1965 are welcome to join them.

Participants should plan to arrive at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Pavilion of the St. Johns City Park.

Bring a dish to pass and your own Beverage. All Paper products will be provided, plates, napkins,bowls, silverware and table covering and and tags. Lots of outlets for Crock Pots and Coffee Pots, etc. will be available. You might want to bring Lawn chairs

** Masks and Social Distancing will be required

For more information you may Contact Jan Ernst-Chick at 989-630-9021.

His Cup Runneth Over is back

Spread the word that free meals are served on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, St. Johns.

Drive up and we’ll bring your meals out to you. If you need delivery call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764 by 11 a.m.

Local college students recognized

Exactly 420 students made the dean’s list for the Spring 2020 semester at Spring Arbor University. Among them were DeWitt residents:

Rebekah Ruth Acker, Senior
Danielle L. Carter, Freshman
Nathan Richard Flannery, Freshman
Kyle Robert Rummel, Junior
Adam J. Zarotney, Senior


Area resident graduates from Mercer University

Mercer University in Atlanta GA conferred bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to more than 2,200 students representing 12 schools and colleges during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Benjamin White of East Lansing, Michigan graduated from the School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.