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First responders, medical personnel honored for efforts during Camp Fire

First responders and medical personnel were honored on Monday for their heroic acts during the Camp Fire.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 4:57 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - First responders and medical personnel were honored on Monday for their heroic acts during the Camp Fire.

There were 41 individuals and 41 groups honored for their bravery and contributions during the Camp Fire at Chico State's campus on Monday. 

The awards were presented by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. 

Director Dr. Howard Backer said the EMS and healthcare personnel demonstrated compassion, dedication and some cases of bravery to rescue and support fire victims. He also said even though it's traumatizing for the victims, people need to acknowledge the first responders putting their lives on the line. 

"People often don't appreciate that it is also very traumatic for first responders whether it's certainly fire law enforcement and medical who have to go towards the danger," Backer said. 

Backer said because of this it is nice to recognize these people and show them the appreciation they deserve. 

The awards ceremony is sponsored by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Life Assist, the California Ambulance Association and the California Paramedic Foundation. 

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