Bridgerland Technical College Employees Sam Yates and Becky Benson were recently recognized with the Utah’s 2019 EMSC Coordinators of the Year award.
Becky Benson has been with Wellsville First Responders for 33 years, since 1986. She began her career as a volunteer EMT and remembers EMT’s using their own vehicles to transport patients. She continued her EMS education and became a nurse and has been employed by Logan Regional Hospital for more than 30 years. She loves teaching and is an Emergency Medical Technician instructor, CPR and PEPP Instructor, and also on the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) to help other EMTs and paramedics with the stresses of emergency incidents. Becky has been a part of Emergency Medical Services for children from the beginning.
Sam Yates is another pillar of EMS in northern Utah. Sam has been an AEMT for Wellsville first responders for more than 20 years. From her start at Brigham City Fire, Sam now works in the Cardiology Department at Logan Regional Hospital and Tremonton Hospital as their EMS liaison. In Sam’s spare time she is an Emergency Medical Technician instructor, Training Officer, Course Coordinator, CPR Trainer, and CISM Team member. Students describe Sam’s teaching style as full of passion, compassion, and enthusiasm to improve patient care.
Becky and Sam have participated as volunteers with the Zero Fatalities Conferences and have administered the Stop the Bleed, bike rodeos, and Buckle Tough programs within their communities. They also currently serve on the state EMSC Advisory Committee.
Together, Becky and Sam have more than 50 years of combined experience. It’s hard to calculate the number of hours of dedicated service of teaching, mentoring, responding, and serving their communities.
We are proud that they are part of the Bridgerland Technical College community!