State Award Goes to Sunstar Paramedic
He mentors EMS students from St. Petersburg College.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Sunstar Paramedics employee Richard Romanek received the 2017 Preceptor of the Year award from the Florida Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators.
Romanek was honored for his dedication to mentoring St. Petersburg College students. As a preceptor, Romanek provides essential training for EMS students during their field internship at Sunstar.
“Richard is one of our best preceptors and certainly the most sought out preceptor with Sunstar,” said Rebecca Ludwig, dean of Health Sciences at St. Petersburg College. “He is very student-centered and a tremendous asset to our program.”
After joining Sunstar as a paramedic in 2012, Romanek advanced to become a preceptor. He has also been selected to work as a field training officer and safety officer with Sunstar. He is also a basic and advanced cardiac life support instructor.
“Richard is a well-respected paramedic, and puts in the most hours of any preceptors for St. Petersburg College,” said Mark Postma, chief operating officer of Sunstar Paramedics. “We’re very pleased that he was recognized for his important work in educating the next generation of paramedics and EMTs.”
Romanek has several commendations from local organizations, including local fire departments, nursing homes, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The Florida Association of EMS Educators is an association that provides resources to individuals and organizations to foster high-quality EMS education and training. The statewide awards recognize those who exemplify excellence in EMS education.
Sunstar Paramedics is the Pinellas County-owned ambulance service.
For information about Sunstar, go to sunstarems.com.
Photo, showing Richard Romanek on the right, courtesy of Sunstar Paramedics.
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