Andy Vaughn, lieutenant paramedic with the Chillicothe Fire Department, was recently awarded the Missouri Emergency Services Association (MEMSA) 2019 Paramedic of the Year, at their annual convention in Osage Beach.

Vaughn is a 34-year employee of the City of Chillicothe began working for the fire department in June of 1985 as a firefighter/paramedic. In September 1988 he was promoted to lieutenant/paramedic.

One of his letters of recommendation for the honor, stated, “During his 34 years working for the city, Andy has provided strong leadership for the fire and ambulance, as well as strong dedication and professionalism to the citizens of Chillicothe."

Others added comments of recommendation including, “When Andy comes to the ER with a patient, he simply doesn’t stop being a member of the team, but instead he joins in with an extra set of hands when needed."

"He is even willing to go that extra mile to answer a call light or answer phones in the ER when the nurses are tied up and when he is thanked he simply replies. 'I am just doing my job,' its this attitude that makes him so deserving of this award."

Another letter stated, "Andy has always been positive, often bringing a bright spot into the darkest of calls, with patients experiencing their worst kind of day."

“ Andy is humble and does not wish for accolades or praises to be poured out upon him, but he is proud of his chosen profession.”

“Andy exemplifies his love for youth and his country through his tireless efforts as the Camp Medic at Camp Geiger each summer, by giving of his precious vacation time to once again give back and help shape the lives of those around him”

The letters continued: “It wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the family that is always there to support him, his wife Debbie is an RN with an emergency background who also leaves a path of energy and love wherever she goes. They have raised three kids to adulthood (who are also have a strong desire to help others in their times of need, ) than to adopt two medically challenged children later in life when perhaps more time for relaxation could have been a goal.”

The Vaughns have five children and five grandchildren.

In his spare time, Vaughn enjoys Scouting, going to Branson, collecting firefighter memorabilia, spending time with family and friends.