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St. Joseph honors memory of Reading Fire/EMS paramedic

Reading, Pa., May 19, 2015 — Reading Fire/EMS Paramedic Brenda Bauer, who passed away in April, was honored today by St. Joseph Regional Health Network for her contributions to the health and welfare of the community during her paramedic career.

Bauer’s husband, Walt, a lieutenant with Reading Fire/EMS, was presented with St. Joseph’s EMS Service Excellence Award in Brenda’s memory.

The award usually is presented to an EMS provider, crew, or service that has exhibited exceptional service to St. Joseph’s, its mission, and its patients. Award nominations are made by EMS colleagues, co-workers, and hospital staff and administration. St. Joseph’s EMS liaison Chris Chamberlain said this year’s nomination was a departure from the normal practice of honoring an EMS crew for their work on a specific case or for a project that they worked with us on.

St. Joseph Regional Health Network President and CEO John R. Morahan (R) shares a few words with Lt. Walt Bauer, of Reading Fire/EMS (L), on the posthumous Service Excellence Award given to his wife Brenda, a City of Reading Paramedic, who died in April.
St. Joseph Regional Health Network President and CEO John R. Morahan (R) shares a few words with Lt. Walt Bauer, of Reading Fire/EMS (L), on the posthumous Service Excellence Award given to his wife Brenda, a City of Reading Paramedic, who died in April.

“This year, we paused to reflect on how one person can affect the lives of untold others,” said Chamberlain, recalling Bauer who died in April of cancer. With her loss “we (began to) realize how the interactions of a single EMS provider, over the span of time, can impact the overall health and safety of the greater population. And when that EMS provider is taken away, our first thoughts are about the loss we have suffered. But, we must also think about the legacy that they leave behind – a legacy which is seen every day through the people whose lives were saved, and who continue to live on because of the skillful, healing touch of our lost EMS provider.”

Speaking before an assemblage of EMS providers from throughout the county today, Chamberlain said that when St. Joe’s learned of the passing of “our friend and colleague, we immediately focused on the loss and pain, and the fact that she was taken by a terrible disease after spending a career fighting other’s people’s illnesses.

But the more we thought about it, the more we remembered the many years working with her and the countless number of patients she cared for and we know that her legacy will live on for quite some time.”

Bauer was assigned to Medic 3 on the C platoon. She is survived by her husband Reading Fire and EMS Lieutenant Walt Bauer and their children.

The ceremony was part of St. Joseph’s EMS recognition barbecue held as part of national EMS Services Week.

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