Tammy has been an active EMT since 1992, and an EMS Instructor since 1994. In 1994 she was hired as the Training Officer for Garfield County EMS, a part-time gig. In 1999 she added Director to her title, becoming full time in the field of EMS.
She has a passion for all things EMS, including teaching EMS to others. In 2003 she was awarded the State of Utah, ‘Instructor of the Year’. This love of teaching EMS also led her to become an EMSC (Emergency Medical Services for Children) Coordinator. In 2018 she received the ‘Distinguished EMSC Coordinator Award’ from the State of Utah.
Another of her passions is the Health and Well-being of those that serve in EMS. She has been a member of the State CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) Team since 2001, and has served in many Executive rolls on the team, including EMS Peer Representative, Regional Coordinator Representative, and President, and in 2018 she received the ‘Don Arends Award’, which is given for Exceptional effort in building, strengthening and participating in the Utah CISM team.
Tammy served on the State of Utah EMS Committee from 2002-2010, Three of those years as Chairperson. In 2016 she received the UAEMT (Utah Association of EMT’s) ‘John N. Henrie Award’ for Dedication and Unselfishness in Emergency Medical Services in the State of Utah.
Although her passion for EMS has led to some recognition with awards, she feels that the true reward that EMS has given her is the satisfaction in her daily life that has come from serving others, and getting to meet and rub shoulders with the best people in the world, her fellow EMT’s. One of her favorite quotes is from Chad Hymas, “Your life never was for your benefit anyway.”
Tammy lives in Panguitch with her favorite retired EMT, her husband Neal, whom she had the privilege to serve side by side with for 24 years. They have 4 Children, 2 that currently serve as EMT’s alongside their mom in Garfield County.