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News: Roane State’s Collins named Paramedic Student of the Year

News: Roane State’s Collins named Paramedic Student of the Year

Roane State Paramedic Student of the Year Russell Collins (center) is congratulated by Dr. Erik Geibig with TeamHealth Emergency Medicine (left) and Roane State paramedic program director David Blevins.

Aug. 2, 2017

Russell Collins with American Medical Response – Blount County has been named Roane State Community College’s Paramedic Student of the Year.

Dr. Erik Geibig with TeamHealth Emergency Medicine presented the award to Collins during Roane State’s annual Knoxville paramedic program luncheon. Students completing the paramedic program were recognized at the event, which was sponsored by TeamHealth.

Collins, of Maryville, has served with American Medical Response – Blount County for five years.

“It’s been extremely challenging, but very rewarding,” Collins said of his experience in Roane State’s program. “The schedule and the hours are tough, especially working full-time and having a family. The reward is the knowledge. You learn an immense amount in a short time.”

Collins said he enjoys emergency medicine because of the opportunity to help people, the variety, and the close bond with colleagues.

“I like getting to help people when they are having their worst day,” he said. “Every day is something new. It’s never the same. Some of the people I have worked with have become my best friends, like family. You do not get that with other professions.”

To learn more about Roane State’s EMT and paramedic programs, contact David Blevins at (865) 354-3000 ext. 4768 or blevinsds@roanestate.edu.

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