Aubrey firefighters Bret Housewright and Dale Sively were recently honored with the 2012 “Great First Responders” awards by CareFlite.
Housewright was honored for his great leadership in the field, numerous field resuscitations and standardizing stroke identification.
Although Housewright only became a paramedic last August, he has successfully resuscitated and saved the lives of an unusually large number, CareFlite officials said in presenting the award.
Sively received recognition for serving with the fire department for 26 years and consistently arriving at work with the most positive attitude.
He is considered a model first responder.
“I think these first responders are hugely unrecognized,” said CareFlite president and CEO James C. Swartz, who presented the awards at the Aubrey Fire Department.
They were among 75 first responders from Central Texas and southern Oklahoma to receive the awards this year. “Great First Responders” are nominated and chosen by their peers.
The program is co-sponsored by CareFlite and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council to credit first responders, police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel who exhibit great dedication and service.
CareFlite, established in 1979, is an air medical transportation service.
“It takes a special amount of character to go into this line of work, and the greatest ones deserve our thanks,” Swartz said.