Management & Organizations
The Iowa EMS Association’s Board of Directors honored Jerry Johnston, President of the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) with the Spirit of Leadership award during their annual conference November 2006.
Jerry Johnston's desire for a career in EMS began in a Burlington, Iowa, ambulance service owned and operated by his father, Ernest Johnston, during the 1960’s and 70’s. Jerry began running calls in 1975, while still in high school, at a time in EMS when no formal classes or certifications were required.
As Jerry was attending College in Oskaloosa (IA) obtaining his BA in Business Management and Economics, and working part-time at Henry County Health Center EMS in
class in 1979. He achieved EMT-I in 1981, and in 1982 became one of the first EMT-II’s in the state of Iowa. Jerry obtained his Paramedic certification in 1983.
In 1986, while working for
at Mary Greely, continuing when he returned to
presenting at local, regional and national EMS conferences.
Through Jerry’s leadership as Director of EMS, beginning in 1989, Henry County Health Center/EMS has distinguished itself as a progressive EMS service in
They continue to participate in innovative prehospital studies today, being one of 10 services participating in the IROC study with the
In 2004, Jerry received the American Heart Association’s "Volunteer of the Year" award, and continues to be a strong advocate for cardiac care education in
Jerry became the President of the Iowa EMS Association in 1995, following years of service as a regional representative of
During his initial term as President of IEMSA, he was approached by the President of NAEMT and board members, with their desire to bring
first Chair of NAEMT’s Pediatric Prehospital Care (PPC) Executive Council and was elected as the President of NAEMT in 2004.
Jerry will serve as NAEMT President through 2008, followed by 2 years as Immediate Past President, ensuring NAEMT continues to serve the EMS community through avocacy, education, and research as we move into the future.
Keywords: Jerry Johnston, NAEMT, biographies, awards
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