Douglas County Fire District No. 2 was awarded the 2016 EMS Unit Citation medal by the State of Oregon for its service during the shooting at Umpqua Community College last year.
The EMS Unit Citation recognizes the acts of organizations for providing emergency prehospital care or EMS system support activities under extreme circumstances. The award was presented to the fire district at the annual Oregon EMS Conference in Bend last week. The award honors individual and department-wide acts that stand out from day-to-day excellence.
Fire Chief Greg Marlar and Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler accepted the award of behalf of the fire district and were presented with a medal, certificate and citation bar for each member that responded that day.
“In performing our duty as First Responders, we are often met with tragedy. We are defined by how we are able to learn to appreciate life and learn how to live fully. After honoring the victims and their families, we now take a moment to acknowledge our own,” the fire district posted on its Facebook page.
In addition to the department’s award, Marlar accepted the first-ever Last Act of Heroism medal, which was awarded to Treven Anspach for his selfless act of bravery while saving the life of a fellow student.
“Treven may not be with us physically any longer, but his ‘Never Quit’ attitude continues to live on in all of our hearts and souls,” Marlar said at the conference, according to the department’s Facebook post.
Those in attendance at the conference also honored Anspach with a Last Call ceremony, where presenters asked one final time for the 20-year-old UCC student to respond.
After not responding, presenters said a few words, ultimately clearing him from duty.