Department Honors Paramedic’s Service

The Wheeling Fire Department presented Lt. Thomas Fledderus with the John P. Doty Paramedic of the Year Award after he was selected for the honor by his peers.

Fire Chief Larry Helms said every year the fire department, in association with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 12, nominates several candidates for the department’s Paramedic of the Year Award.

It is given in memory of the late John P. Doty, who was a longtime member of the department and spent the majority of his career as a paramedic. The award was first presented in 2009.

Helms said the honor is typically awarded to someone who has not only displayed advanced skills as a paramedic, but who has gone above and beyond in training with others and being involved in some sort of community service.

Helms said Fledderus was named the 2013 Paramedic of the Year for his continued volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America over the past few years.

“Tom has been working extensively with the Boy Scouts of America to provide EMS service for their National Jamboree, which is coming here to West Virginia this summer. Tom has actually used a lot of his vacation and holiday time to volunteer his time to provide that service to the Boy Scouts of America, and we thought he would be most deserving for this award this year,” Helms said.

Fledderus said he is very honored and excited to be selected for the department’s annual award.

“I would like to thank the chief for the process of bringing the Boy Scouts into it … because it is a thankless job on their end. We have a lot of kids coming to the southern part of the state, and it is very important to take care of those kids,” said Fledderus, who will be attending the annual jamboree in July.