In order to be nominated for this award, one must have met the eligibility and criteria stipulated by the committee requiring individuals to be between the ages of 14 and 18, maintain first-aid certification and maintain active membership in a first response agency. Having satisfied these requirements and combined with his dedication, maturity and skills, Apollo stood out among his fellow members, both senior and junior, as worthy of nomination.
Having only joined in May 2014, Apollo had already dedicated just short of 900 hours to the organization by mid-Feb. 2015.
“Michael Apollo quickly won respect among all members of the Corps for his great sense of professionalism and always wanting to learn more. The other members have also expressed enjoyment volunteering alongside of him,” said LVAC President Grant Nishanian.
Having been the sole Mandarin speaking first responder on a recent call, Apollo was able to translate for three patients, ensuring they received the best pre-hospital care and allowing doctors and nurses to have a full picture to be able to work with. His study of Mandarin has already come to use in a setting beyond the walls of a classroom.
“The patients felt at ease knowing that someone spoke their language. Mr. Apollo’s skills really made a difference that day” said Kris Mueller, crew member and membership committee chairperson.
The award from Westchester County EMS Council will be presented to Apollo at its annual awards ceremony Thursday, May 14, held in conjunction with National EMS Week.
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