BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — You are in good hands no matter which City of Boca Raton paramedic responds to your next calamity. But if you're fading in and out of consciousness, and happen to notice that the name on your rescuer's shirt says “Lt. Kim Puchalski,” you should muster up enough strength to say say “congratulations!”
From our friends at Boca Raton Fire Rescue:
Lieutenant Kim Puchalski has been chosen as our 2013 Paramedic of the Year Award. Kim’s experience, knowledge, skills and abilities have been demonstrated by leading Medic 4 (ME4) on two successful cardiac arrest resuscitations on 10/28/2012 and 4/2/2013.
Lt. Puchalski has four years experience as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital. The combinations of paramedic and nursing experience permit her to make intuitive decisions such as on 8/29/2012 when she was persistent and convinced an earlier fall victim for 37 minutes to permit transportation By BRFRS to the emergency room. The patient was upgraded to a trauma alert enroute to Delray Medical Center and later diagnosed with a hemopnuemothorax and three rib fractures.
Kim goes over and above in the area of call volume and response readiness; consistently taking alarms whenever closer without hesitation. In addition, whenever ME4 is still busy from the previous shift, Lt. Puchalski has ME24 ready to respond and has responded when called upon.
Lt. Puchalski’s service & dedication to the community is exceptional, always placing others first. On 11/1/2012 a Boca Teeca citizen knocked on the door at station 4 concerned for the welfare of a new Highland Beach friend of whom she had limited information about and who had not arrived for a weekly card game. Kim researched the condominium information, found a complete name, contacted police for a welfare check, and found the person while calling hospitals at Boca Raton Regional Hospital ICU. On 2/1/2013 Kim assisted a disabled motorist by safely pushing their vehicle to the side of the roadway in the middle of the night.
Kim participated in the Boca EMS competition in 2012, MDA boot drive on 8/30/2012, Boca Fire Benevolent Golf Tournament in 2012, Santa Toy Drop in 2012, Sweetheart Ball in 2013, and the Department Fire Expo on 2/23/2013. Kim recently became a certified Child Passenger Seat Technician and has since assisted parents with at least 10 car seat installations.