The awards and accolades continue to rain down on Berkeley County’s Emergency Services personnel as NREMT-Basic Jennie Ratajczak was recently named South Carolina’s EMT of the Year.
Edgar DesChamps, South Carolina’s State Medical Director, made the announcement on March 8 at the SC EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach.
An 11-year veteran with Berkeley County EMS, Ratajczak started her career after graduating near the top of her class in 2002 from Trident Technical College and completing her Nationally Registered EMT training from the state. She entered the profession to to give back to the community in which she was raised.
Christ Esdorn, who submitted the EMT of the Year nomination, said Ratajczak took her job to heart.
“Jennie is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty with great pride in her profession,” he said. “She continuously gives selfless service to the citizens of Berkeley County.
“She has an excellent work attitude, which radiates to fellow employees and colleagues, and is an asset to our team and community.”
Ratajczak lives by the motto, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” helping numerous people in the community by offering assistance with her organizational skills and her house cleaning services.
Esdorn said it’s all what makes Ratajczak a unique individual, her willingness to give back to the community whether at home or on the job.
“I have worked alongside Jennie as a crew chief and now proudly supervise her as a middle manager,” Esdorn said. “She has always been dependable, efficient and unfailingly punctual. She projects a warm, cheerful attitude to our patients, and I have seen her resolve conflicts and handle difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact.”
Ratajczak said what makes her work day special is being there for people when they are at their most vulnerable, in times of emergency.
“To be able to be there and hold the hand of another human being at what might be the lowest, scariest point in their life is a true honor,” she said. “This career has given me an abundance of blessings.”
Ratajczak also counts it a blessing to work side by side with what she calls the best co-workers in the world.
“I have worked with an amazing group of people that I consider my family and wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” she said. “I am truly honored and thankful to receive this award.”
Esdorn said Ratajczak’s desire to serve without expectation of honors or recognition demonstrated her unselfish commitment to her vocation and the community she serves.
“Jenny personifies the quintessential champion of EMS excellence.”