Jason Deal, Metro Moore County’s former EMS Director and a current critical care paramedic with Vanderbilt LifeFlight, was honored last week for his service as an emergency first responder.
Deal was one of 24 individuals honored by state officials.
The Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department nominated Deal, who came to Vanderbilt LifeFlight from Metro Moore County EMS/EMA, for the honor.
Deal served in several emergency response roles for Moore County, including its EMS Director, Emergency Management Agency Director, Emergency Services Homeland Security District 6 Chairperson and Special Deputy for the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department.
The First Responder Awards Ceremony, held at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) headquarters, celebrated those who have dedicated their lives for the safety and security of all Tennesseans.
The special ceremony has been held each year since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The event is also held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month.
“I felt extremely honored to be included with this group. It also took me by surprise. I had no idea I’d been nominated until I received the invitation to the awards ceremony,” says Deal. “There were people there who received award who lost their lives on the job. Their awards were received in their honor. That’s very humbling.”
The 24 individuals recognized at Monday’s ceremony were nominated by their peers and represent each of the 11 Homeland Security districts in Tennessee, as well as the TBI, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Citizen Corps., and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.