07/02/2014 -- CCAC student honored for exceptional act of compassion

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus student Shelley Spaw has been honored with an Allegheny County Emergency Medical Services Council EMS Champion Award for services performed during her field experience with the Canonsburg Ambulance Service. Spaw was presented with the award at the council’s 37th Annual Meeting held June 12 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland.

Currently in her second year of CCAC’s Paramedic program, Spaw was working a training shift with the service when she and her supervisor, Paramedic Crew Chief Steven Carson, responded to a vehicular accident. While tending to the medical needs of the two women as the police and tow truck arrived, Spaw and Carson learned the women had been traveling from West Virginia when their GPS had taken them off the interstate and they had become lost. The women had been trying to get to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh as the husband of one of the women had been transported to Mercy in order to undergo open heart surgery. Spaw told the women that she would drive them to the hospital in her personal vehicle. She and Carson took the women and their belongings back to the station where Spaw then used her vehicle to transport the women to the hospital. When Crew Chief Carson had initially offered to take the women when his shift was over within the hour, Spaw had responded that these women needed to get to the hospital quickly and that if she were in a similar situation, she “would want someone to do the same thing for me.”

A resident of Washington, Pa., Spaw intends to graduate in May 2015 with an Associate of Science degree before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medicine. In addition to her academic pursuits, Spaw is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Canonsburg, Pa., where she also serves as a missionary.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates more than 30,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

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