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Just, Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure honored

The North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association named the Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure as the winner of the 2019 Southeast Regional Service of the Year Award and Kelli Just as the Regional Provider of the Year. The awards were given...

Community EMS of LaMoure received recognition from the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association. Kelli Just, left, was named Regional Provider of the Year, and Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure was named the 2019 Southeast Regional Service of the Year Award. Also pictured are Jason Joy and Connie Willey of Community EMS of LaMoure. Submitted photo
Community EMS of LaMoure received recognition from the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association. Kelli Just, left, was named Regional Provider of the Year, and Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure was named the 2019 Southeast Regional Service of the Year Award. Also pictured are Jason Joy and Connie Willey of Community EMS of LaMoure. Submitted photo

The North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association named the Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure as the winner of the 2019 Southeast Regional Service of the Year Award and Kelli Just as the Regional Provider of the Year. The awards were given at the recent EMS Rendezvous Conference and Tradeshow. The Regional Service of the Year Award recognizes an EMS system that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community. The award recognizes a service that significantly contributed to the provision, development and improvement of pre-hospital care and EMS education in their community. Any EMS organization licensed or certified in the state of North Dakota, including rescue, quick response units, industrial services, etc., is eligible. The regional winner will be forwarded for consideration for the EMS Service of the Year, presented at the annual North Dakota EMS Rendezvous Conference and Tradeshow.

Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure was recognized for dedication, providing top-notch medical care and for how creative they are in finding unique ways to make it as safe as possible. Community Volunteer EMS helps provide many educational opportunities including CPR, first aid, baby-sitter safety, car seat safety, Stop the Bleed, ATV safety, impact teen drivers and bicycle safety.

The squad is progressive, looking into new medical equipment, most up to date medical training, conducting weekly rig checks, monthly squad meetings and training.

Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure has grown its roster by providing a positive, family friendly atmosphere for members and offering day care for squad members during trainings.

Ten of the local firemen are currently taking the EMR course they are offering, and many of those plan to now assist them as well as the fire department. Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure offers three spots yearly to high school students and mentors each student. Many of these students have gone on after high school to pursue medical careers.

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Provider of the Year

The North Dakota EMS Provider of the Year is an individual who has selflessly devoted a a large amount of personal time to the local and state provision, development and improvement of prehospital care, as well as EMS education in his or her community. The nominee must be a current member of the North Dakota EMS Association and will represent North Dakota at the Stars of Life Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Receiving this award was Kelli Just, an EMT on the Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure Ambulance service. Just serves as the president of the Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure ambulance service. She is the education coordinator for LaMoure and Edgeley ambulance service. She conducts an EMR course once a year and keeps the ambulance squad members for both services current with training requirements. When the Community Volunteer EMS of LaMoure ambulance service was struggling to get squad members, Just worked with the school to allow high school students to take carry pagers/respond during school hours. She has helped many high school students become EMRs and mentored several to receive their EMT. Some of those students have gone on to be paramedics and nurses. She has been instrumental in recruiting drivers and EMTs and has helped build the squad to 40 members in LaMoure.

Just received her EMT certification after graduating from college with her teaching and coaching degree while she was teaching kindergarten in Verona. She wanted to be involved with medicine yet knew teaching was her passion. Becoming an EMT allowed her to do both. She is a BLS, first aid, NREMT instructor. She has participated in management training and leadership training opportunities offered from the NDEMSA and the North Dakota Division of EMS.

Just has taught CPR/first aid to countless individuals throughout the county and has helped get AEDs available throughout the community.

She has been instrumental in training the public with the Stop the Bleed campaign providing opportunities at the Emergency Response Center to learn how to quickly stop the blood loss.

She helps organize youth safety events to educate and promote safe habits like ATV safety classes and bike safety programs.

Just was recently awarded the Community Person of the Year from the LaMoure chamber of council for the volunteering she does in the area. She is active with 4-H, the Alumni FFA chapter, LaMoure School PTO and is a member of the LaMoure School Alumni committee.

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