By David Knox
It’s a big deal, and a big honor for one of Moore County’s own.
Jason Deal, Metro Moore County Emergency Management director, was named Paramedic of the Year by the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association.
The Larry Griffin Paramedic of the Year award was presented at the annual TASA Mid-Winter Awards Banquet in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Deal was on hand to accept the award, accompanied by members of Metro Moore County EMS team.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the comments, likes, loves and messages,” Deal said. “Seeing all this support makes me love this community even more. Special thanks to my family! They have supported my career like champions.
“It’s not easy missing birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings, and other family gatherings, some I would make it to and would have to turn around and go back out the door. So a big thanks goes to them for their love and support. Thanks again and I look forward to many more years of working for the best county in Tennessee!”
Deal, who served as Metro Moore County EMS, has been a paramedic since 2005. He obtained his Critical Care Paramedic license in 2011. He was Metro Moore County EMS Director from 2007 to 2012, and also previously worked as a paramedic for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Adult Emergency Department and for Lincoln Medical Center EMS. He served as a flight paramedic for Vanderbilt LifeFlight from 2012 to 2018. He holds a B.S. degree in Emergency Services Management from Bethel University.
Bonnie Lewis, Metro Moore County Mayor, said Deal was always going above and beyond for the citizens of Metro Moore County.
“Jason serves the community and responds to all emergencies with the highest level of
professionalism. He uses every opportunity available to acquire new training and certification for himself and all members of our emergency services,” she said. “His leadership as prior director of EMS and current director of EMA provides a stable environment for staff members to excel in their careers and continually strive for excellence. “
Lewis said Deal was the ideal example of a true public servant.
“Being a paramedic requires having the heart of servant ~ which best describes Jason Deal. His loyalty to his hometown, his profession, his church and his family is evident in his everyday actions,” she said.
Judy Dreaddy, chief flight nurse for Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Tullahoma base, who supervised Deal while at Vanderbilt LifeFlight, said Deal was a great educator, mentor, leader and preceptor in the EMS Community.
“It’s evident that Jason loves his career and serving others,” Dreaddy said. “His positive attitude and can-do work ethic are contagious to those around him.”