EMT feeds needy woman, earns HERO Award

chestnut Hero EMT

Emergency Medical Technician Barbara Chestnut, pictured with County Administrator Ernie Padgett, is a HERO Award recipient after feeding a child's weak great-grandmother last fall.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 05:57 AM.

Emergency Medical Technician Barbara Chestnut is the latest HERO Award recipient for a humanitarian act she performed while on duty in late November 2013.

On Nov. 23, Chestnut transported a sick child from North Okaloosa Medical Center to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. The child's great-grandmother and legal guardian accompanied her. Chestnut noted that the grandmother was in a tired, weakened state, and upon inquiry learned she had no money and had not eaten all day. Chestnut took her to a nearby Wendy’s and bought her dinner.

“This is a true act of kindness,” County Administrator Ernie Padgett said during a recent Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners meeting.

 “This shows true compassion that many EMTs exhibit, and Ms. Chestnut’s help was far-reaching, providing nourishment for the grandmother so she could better respond to the needs of her sick grandchild,” Public Safety Director Dino Villani said.

The Humanitarian Efforts Recognized by Okaloosa County award recognizes a deed, act or event in which an employee does something of a humanitarian or heroic nature, beyond job requirements.

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