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Dwight Gliem
Dwight has been a career paramedic for Grundy Center Ambulance for the past three years. Dwight also serves as the volunteer Ambulance Chief. For the past three years Dwight has been exponential in expanding EMS in our rural area. We have upgraded to a brand new ambulance to have features that include four wheel drive. this ability was essential during the winter of 2018 to provide access for our patients to receive emergency medical care.

Grundy Center Ambulance has also grown to have four full-time paramedics, five part-time paramedics, and nineteen volunteer members. It is unheard of to have an ambulance service with this much participation from our volunteers. Dwight has been the leader in volunteer membership participation. He has also grown our service to add a second paramedic during the week. Often times Grundy Center Ambulance has two paramedic trucks to provide advanced life support emergency care to not only our patients, but to provide ALS mutual aid to surrounding communities as well. We Also offer a third ambulance to offer ALS or BLS care if the first two ambulances are unavailable.

Providing continuing education to fellow EMS providers is also a passion for Dwight. For the past three years, Dwight has coordinated EMS education day in the spring. This has included eight hours of quality education for not only Grundy Center Ambulance members, but surrounding EMS providers as well. In 2019, 28 emergency medical providers were in attendance to Education Day. This education is offered free of charge to any EMS provider, regardless of what service they serve with.

Dwight has also created a Grundy County EMS coalition. This coalition includes members from Reinbeck, Wellsburg, Dike and Beamon/Conrad. The coalition was created to receive state grant money which is dispersed to rural departments for training supplies, education, or new equipment. There are many coalition meetings which require Dwight to drive long distances to attend to be sure that Grundy County EMS services obtain all grant money that is possible for them to receive.

Dwight has also been instrumental in providing the most up to date equipment for our ambulance. We are fortunate enough to have two X series Zoll Cardiac Monitors with Bluetooth ability to send 12 lead EKGs to receiving hospitals. Four County Ambulance services were also able to receive LUCAS devices and extensive LUCAS training completely free of charge due to a grant that Dwight was able to coordinate for Gurndy County. Dwight has also added an EZ IO drill to our second out Ambulance, and ahs added a new Stryker stair chair. We now finally have stair chairs in all three of our ambulances.

Dwight might be considered a "career" paramedic, but his volunteerism still shines through with his reaching out to not only Grundy Center community, but to Grundy County and beyond.

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