Alaska EMS honors Coast Guard medical officer

Dr. Ken Zafren, Alaska state medical director, presents the George H. Longenbaugh award to Coast Guard Cmdr. Leslie Wood, a Coast Guard flight surgeon stationed with Air Station Sitka, during the 36th Annual EMS Symposium in Anchorage Nov. 12, 2011. Photo by Emily McKenzie, Southern Region EMS Council

Dr. Ken Zafren, Alaska state medical director, presented the George H. Longenbaugh award to Coast Guard Cmdr. Leslie Wood, a Coast Guard flight surgeon stationed with Air Station Sitka, during the 36th Annual EMS Symposium in Anchorage Nov. 12, 2011.

The Governor’s Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services also known as ACEMS honored Wood with the the award at their annual conference.

“Her wit and humor can de-escalate any situation and she is a tireless advocate for the EMS community and all first responders,” said Soren Threadgill, Alaska EMS administrator and ACEMS board member.

Wood was honored because of her continued excellence as a medical practitioner and EMS supporter in Southeast Alaska.  Wood is the senior medical officer at Air Station Sitka, an Army flight surgeon and a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration dive medical officer.  Wood also volunteers with the Sitka Mountain Rescue team and the Sitka Fire department dive rescue team.  She is also the medical director for the Hoonah and Pelican EMS services.

Dr. George Longenbraugh was a pioneer in Alaska EMS. The Longenbaugh award honors a physician who exemplifies leadership and dedication to emergency medical services systems and through their efforts has significantly promoted the EMS system.  Since 2006, the Longenbaugh award has only been presented five times, Wood is the sixth recipient of the award.

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