Nature Coast EMS team member receives Rotary 'Service Above Self Award'


By Katie Lucas

Nature Coast EMS

In the business of emergency medical services, Nature Coast EMS provides continuous training of all EMTs and paramedics.

We want them to be prepared for any situation they may face. We also provide them with the latest tools and technology. We want them and need them to be mindful and respectful of all patients in providing the best possible care in the field.

Last fall, members of the NCEMS team responded to a horrific motorcycle accident in Inverness involving a man and his young daughter. He didn’t make it. Since the accident, she has undergone major issues and rigorous therapy. The accident with this young girl had a profound effect on one of our team members; especially Chance VanMatre, one of our EMTs.

Since the accident, Chance has been thinking of way to help the family and the little girl. The girl is currently undergoing aquatic therapy to help her learn to walk again. So Chance thought a pool would keep her from having to travel. He checked it out and this would be feasible. He researched and found that Lowes of Inverness would donate a pool.

Chance gathered team members together that could help set it up. He leveled their back yard where the pool would be placed, and made arrangements for the fire department to fill it with water. This is above and beyond expectations of service in the field and service above self.

Chance started fresh as a new EMT at Nature Coast EMS in July 2011. He recently completed our Paramedic program and will be taking the state certification test in the near future.

People like Chance who are not only proficient in his work skills, but compassionate and caring, are important members of our team. He truly cares about his patients and is a dedicated member of Nature Coast EMS.