Long-time Wyoming County EMT Course Coordinator Agnes Dickson was recently awarded the 2018 Pennsylvania EMS Educator of the Year Award.
The award is given out annually by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council at its Emergency Medical Services, with this year’s presentation at Lancaster
Dickson began her career in the medical profession as a Registered Nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. As her career advanced she became the very first cardiac care nurse at the rural Wyoming County hospital. Dickson served as the supervisor of the Cardiac Care Unit 15 years before accepting a new industrial nursing position at Proctor & Gamble in Mehoopany.
Her role at Proctor & Gamble consisted of being the plant nurse in the medical office, emergency response within the facility, pre-planning, and participation in the annual mass casualty drills conducted by her employer.
Dickson became certified as an EMT around 1974. She was an active member at Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association for many years.
A few years later in the early 1980s, she attained certification as an EMT Instructor. She always said she became an EMT Instructor because she felt that if more people were trained in what to do during an emergency more lives would be saved.
When the need arose in the 1980s, she assumed the responsibilities of the course coordinator for rural Wyoming County. Dickson was always very organized and extremely reliable, and she has always attained a better than average pass rate for the classes she coordinated. In addition, she had been a long time CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and American Health & Safety Institute.
There are few, if any first responders in Wyoming County and the surrounding area who have not learned something from Dickson, either in an EMT class or other EMS related trainings. Dickson is well known for looking up at her students with her finger in the air to show them in the calmest and most compassionate way that she meant business. She expected her students to leave class knowing how to care for people as she may be one of those people who needed to be cared for (and, of course, how to hold a baby).
At the age of 90, Dickson is still actively certified as a Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technician, an EMS Instructor, and she continues to actively participate in education of EMS practitioners in Wyoming County.
She resides in Tunkhannock, and has three children; five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.
It hardly matters where you go around Northeastern Pennsylvania in the EMS field and mention Dickson’s name, you will see faces light up around you.
Her nominator, Bob Carpenter, said, “I am grateful to be taught and mentored by such a caring and beautiful soul.”