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EVANSVILLE – Dave Mitchell of Schnellville was recently awarded the American Red Cross First Responders Hero Award during the Heroes Awards Banquet held in Evansville. This award honors local heroes that have gone above and beyond to help those in need across the community.
Mitchell began working part-time in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s Ambulance Services in June 1999 as a basic emergency medical technician. Due to his professional attitude and excellent skills, he was offered a full-time position in 2000. As the state adopted recommendations for national standards of Emergency Medical Services, Mitchell was instrumental in initiating the first paramedic training and operational program at Memorial Hospital.
Not only did he help plan the nine-month training course, but he also helped to organize a tri-county approach that enabled Dubois, Pike and Spencer counties to obtain a grant that paid for all the training and textbooks. Mitchell also worked closely with Dr. Bryan Lilly, medical director for the Paramedic Program at Memorial Hospital, and Suzan Henke, Memorial Hospital’s Ambulance Services Director, to develop policies and protocols for a paramedic program that allows new paramedics to deliver high quality patient care to those in need.
Mitchell is also known for taking the time to work with individuals struggling to learn the skills needed for a Paramedic position. He personally works with others on an individual basis until they are comfortable and confident in their skills. Mitchell has been instrumental in development of a field training officer program that ensures each new hire and student involved in clinical rotations are given the best learning experiences possible.
Mitchell also serves his community as a paramedic and firefighter with the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department. He assists with Fire Prevention Week at Pine Ridge Elementary School and serves on the Schnellville Centennial Food Committee.
Above all, Mitchell is dedicated to his wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, at the age of 17. Through her many complications and hospitalizations, Mitchell has remained by her side, and is able today, due to his medical background, to administer weekly treatments in the comfort of their home.
Mitchell currently serves as Clinical Manager of Memorial Hospital’s Ambulance Services and continues to learn and further his education.
He is currently working on his associate degree in management, and plans to become a certified ambulance service manager within the next three years.