Ricky Menendez honored for excellence
Whitehall Township resident Ricky Menendez was honored for his efforts during the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania’s 13th annual Pennsylvania Stars of Life event Sept. 7 at Northern Valley EMS, Coplay.
Menendez, 38, works for Cetronia Ambulance Corps. His passion for the emergency medical services industry came when he was working in construction in Brooklyn, N.Y. A co-worker had a side job as a medic. Menendez attended EMT school in New York and hasn’t turned back since.
“I consider myself an adrenaline junkie, and I love helping people,” Menendez said. “Being put into emergency situations makes your thinking skills go into action, and I thrive on that type of pressure.”
Menendez joined Cetronia Ambulance Corps in June 2006 as an emergency medical technician. He became a paramedic in March 2016.
“Cetronia Ambulance Corps has given me the opportunity to greatly expand on the experience needed to be the best paramedic I can be,” Menendez said. “They have allowed me to help train new medics and EMTs, which greatly expands on my management skills that will hopefully lead to even more opportunities for me in the future.”
Menendez also serves as a part-time paramedic in Allentown.
He is a member of the Cetronia Ambulance Corps Mobile Stroke Unit. This unit was the first of its kind in the state, allowing the crew to start high-level diagnostics on board through the use of CTI and video and telehealth capabilities. He received special training through Lehigh Valley Hospital in order to operate the advanced equipment used.
Menendez also volunteered to be part of a community paramedicine trial program. He received additional training, and he has been going out to interact and treat patients in their homes.
Menendez joined the strike and bike teams early in his career and has been deployed twice for Strike Team Operations. Cetronia has also assigned Menendez to the Rescue Task Force Team, and he has been doing active shooter training to prepare for such tragedies. He also serves as a field training officer and has received positive feedback on his role as a preceptor.
“He goes above and beyond daily helping new recruits develop into exceptional providers and thoroughly enjoys coming to work each day,” Chris Peischl, Cetronia director of operations, said. “One of Ricky’s treasured memories is working with the Miracle League in providing support for its youth program, which gives you a little insight into the type of compassionate employee Ricky has been.”
“The PA Stars of Life program has been an excellent way to recruit and retain employees in a world where many EMS agencies face challenges doing just that,” Larry Wiersch, Cetronia CEO, said. “We couldn’t be more proud of Ricky for his hard work and dedication to our organization.”
The PA Stars of Life event was designed to allow EMS providers recognize star employee(s) and honor them for their dedication and contributions.