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VFW honors National EMS worker DeLamar with public safety award

Riki DeLamar, a veteran paramedic with National EMS, displays the Emergency Medical Service Public Safety Award for the State of Georgia, issued to her by the Georgia Chapter of Veterans of Foreign War.

Riki DeLamar, a veteran paramedic with National EMS, displays the Emergency Medical Service Public Safety Award for the State of Georgia, issued to her by the Georgia Chapter of Veterans of Foreign War.

Riki DeLamar, a veteran paramedic with National EMS, has been presented with the prestigious Emergency Medical Service Public Safety Award for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

DeLamar, who has worked full-time in emergency services since 1988, has served in various roles and positions with National EMS including paramedic, captain, and commander. For the past decade, DeLamar has served as the director of Continuous Quality Improvement, where she has developed various tools to streamline the company’s quality assessment processes to improve the outcome of the patients transported by ambulance.

She has also served as a mentor to dozens of EMS personnel and has been actively involved in teaching local residents in emergency care, should a disaster occur.

DeLamar, described as being an outstanding leader with the National EMS team, according to a press release from National EMS, was also commended for being an educator in CPR and several advanced life support courses taught not only to EMS staff, but also to nursing personnel and medical staff with the hospitals. DeLamar is also an active volunteer in her community and her church.

Benny Atkins, CEO with National EMS, describes DeLamar as a soft-spoken person with an amazing heart.

“She is always professional and exemplifies the quality and commitment that National EMS has for our communities,” said Atkins in a press release.

DeLamar, who was nominated by the VFW Post 5290 in Conyers, was recognized during ceremonies recently in Macon, as the EMS worker consistently demonstrating outstanding performance of his or her duties.

National EMS, an accredited ambulance provider for over 20 years, provides 911 emergency ambulance service to Rockdale, Morgan, Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.