Saxton Volunteer Fire Company’s Tom Stoudnour (front row, left) was named the 2010 Newt Watkins Award winner at the 10th Annual Huntingdon County EMS Appreciation Banquet on October 13, 2010. With him are his wife Janice Stoudnour, and (back row, left to right) Huntingdon County EMA Director Adam Miller, Keith Black from State Representative Mike Fleck’s office, J.C. Blair Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. John Roth, and J.C. Blair President and CEO Joseph J. Peluso.
Saxton EMS Volunteer Honored at Annual Banquet
Tom Stoudnour of Saxton was presented the 2010 Newt Watkins Award on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at the 10th Annual Huntingdon County EMS Appreciation Dinner. The award is given each year to someone who is nominated by his or her peers for best exemplifying the spirit of those who voluntarily give their time and talent in emergency services. Watkins was known as an unsung hero and modest team player who gave of his time to the ambulance service as a driver and chief engineer before his death in 2001.
Stoudnour became an EMT in 1973, and a few years later, became one of the first paramedics in the region. He is currently the EMS Operations Chief and Fire Marshall for the Saxton Fire Company. He has served as a Fire Fighter I & II, Fire Instructor I & II, and EMT instructor and evaluator.
“This gentleman is greatly respected in both the EMS and fire & rescue sides of our department and in the community. He has given his time to help so many families when they needed him,” said Pat Carnell, who nominated Stoudnour for the award.”
Stoudnour was honored by the award, saying, “I didn’t know Newt, but to be put in the same class as he is humbling.” Throughout the years, Stoudnour shared, he took most of his EMS classes in Huntingdon County. “I live in Bedford County,” he said, “but would not be in EMS today if it wasn’t for J.C. Blair and Huntingdon County.”
A special tribute was made to Mike Passmore, paramedic from Robertsdale, Wood & Broad Top, who recently passed away.
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital hosted and sponsored the annual EMS appreciation dinner at Juniata College. Hospital and county officials thanked EMS personnel for the commitment and sacrifice they and their families make on a daily basis to serve the community, as was exhibited when several EMS personnel left the banquet early to respond to a call.