“Extraordinary, Significant and Lasting Contribution to the Emergency Medical Services Systems of the State of Connecticut and the United States of America” is the inscription on this award. Richard “Dick” Judd has served EMS and all its many facets in a multitude of ways.
Dick started out in Virginia as a member of a local Rescue Squad. When he came to Connecticut he became involved with EMT training programs while assisting in the establishment of the New Britain EMS, a community based, primarily volunteer emergency medical response service.
As a Faculty Member and Dean at Central Connecticut State College, he developed and presented Emergency Service Instructor Training Programs. He worked with the Federal Dept. of Transportation to develop national curricula for instructors. During this time, he worked with the Mid-Atlantic EMS Council States to improve the quality of the EMT written examination. Dick also served on the American Heart Association, American Trauma Society, the American Red Cross as well as other local, state and national EMS committees.
He sat as chairperson of the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee from inception until 1996.
As president of Central Connecticut State University, He still takes time to teach in the Campus EMT training program.
Dick Judd has made contributions as a reviewer of curricula and workbook materials. His work in educating out-of-hospital personnel and the general population has been instrumental in bringing about improvements in patient care. His influence has reached from Connecticut to all over the world.
This award is not intended to be awarded on an annual basis, since its purpose is to honor an individual who has made an extraordinary, significant and lasting contribution to the Emergency Medical Services Systems in the State of Connecticut, and/or on a national and international basis.
Richard L. Judd, Ph.D., is such a person and is the role model for this award.
This award was established in 1996.