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Two paramedics and a dispatcher from the Davis County Sheriff's Department received awards from the state this week as part of the Utah Emergency Medical Services Week celebration.

Paramedics J.R. Johns and Kevin Mcleod and dispatcher Karen Wright received plaques in a ceremony Monday at Utah Valley Hospital, Provo, honoring emergency medical services workers from across the state.Johns and Mcleod were honored for helping a 24-year-old truck driver who was badly burned when a propane tank exploded in May on I-15 near 25th South in Woods Cross. The driver was burned over 65 percent of his body but his survival is credited to fast, effective medical assistance from Johns and Mcleod.

Wright was honored for directing a young man over the telephone in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation methods, resulting in the survival of a 59-year-old man in cardiac arrest.

"Davis County is fortunate to have a very sophisticated, integrated emergency medical system," said sheriff's department Capt. K.D. Simpson. "Practitioners in the system are dedicated, professional individuals who are concerned with the welfare of those they serve."