Cataldo Ambulance Inc.

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SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts – April 2, 2008 the Everett Chamber of Commerce held their Community Appreciation Night to recognize those who consistently go above the call of duty within their community. The Everett Chamber of Commerce recognizes one Police Officer, one Firefighter, one EMT each year and one Whidden Hospital ER staff member. This year, the award recognizes Cataldo’s JoeDennis Cataldo & Joe O'Connell Everett's EMT of the Year O’Connell as the Everett Chamber’s “Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.”

Joe has been with the Cataldo Ambulance Service since 1997 and has been a Paramedic since 1990. In June 2006, Joe was promoted to a Clinical Field Supervisor at Cataldo. Joe was nominated and selected for this award due to his consistent dedication and high caliber patient care and leadership skills as a Field Supervisor and clinician at Cataldo Ambulance.

As a Clinical Field Supervisor, Joe has excelled in his position as a member of management staff as well as an educator. O’Connell has assisted with municipality training for numerous communities Cataldo Ambulance serves. Joe has developed various training competency benchmarks and re-education practices including additional certifications in Weapons of Mass Destruction, HAZMAT, Search and Rescue, Confined Space and Animal Rescues and instructor credentials in ACLS and BCLS. His certifications and credentials emphasize Joe as a true leader in the EMS industry and benefit fellow staff members as an additional resource during increased threats and disasters. Joe facilitates educational opportunities in both a formal classroom setting and facility setting to ensure proper direct patient care is delivered.

In December 2007, Joe O’Connell played a significant role in the terrifying tanker rollover in Everett. Joe was the first Emergency Medical Services representative on the scene and he quickly assembled necessary resources to secure the scene. The tanker roll over incident occurred alongside an elderly assisted living facility during early morning hours. The impact caused an explosion setting a four alarm fire in adjacent buildings and properties prompting the quick evacuation of the entire surrounding neighborhood. Joe coordinated rehab for Police and Fire Departments in addition to arranging the evacuation and relocation of neighborhood residents. Throughout the duration of this incident O’Connell was still responsible for managing the other eight municipalities Cataldo Ambulance provides 911 emergency services for. Joe remained calm and professional under these extreme circumstances and facilitated the incident well.

Joe O’Connell went above and beyond as a Supervisor on this night, he continues to demonstrate professional leadership qualities that are recognized, appreciated and commended by all members of the field personnel as well as the management staff at Cataldo Ambulance Service. The December 4th tanker rollover was a demanding emergency situation for all emergency crews that were called to the scene. The management team at Cataldo Ambulance Service would also like to recognize the following men and women that dedicated their time and efforts to this strenuous call: Danny Riendeau, Doug McCall, Sarah Mercier, Kerri Hurley, Kathryn Knowles, Paul Driscoll, Tim Carroll, Kenneth Noel, Brittany Casasanta, Robert Delgado, Shailagh Coffey, Megan Mullins, Rich Gutierrez, Thomas Danielle, Jason Labell, Chris Schmall, My Trinh Le, Desare Memmolo, Jason Martocchio, Richard Brown, Stephanie Wilson, Gail Codair, Don Walker, Tom Codair and Jim Allard. Thanks to the hard work and skill of these excellent staff members, we are pleased to report that there were no injuries during the December 4th tanker rollover.

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Cataldo Ambulance Service Inc.
137 Washington Street, P.O. Box 435,
Somerville, Massachusetts  02143
Office: 617-625-0126
Fax: 617-625-0941