Lansing Community College

LCC graduate honored as Chicago Fire Department Paramedic of the Year

By Marilyn Twine

Chris Oswalt being honored with the Chicago Fire Department Paramedic Award for Valor and the Chicago Fire Department Paramedic of the Year Award

Lansing, Mich. – It was July 2020, when LCC graduate Chris Oswalt was dispatched with his Emergency Medical Services (EMS) partner and Chicago police to a report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived, a person in the building began firing gunshots out the window at first responders. Oswalt positioned his ambulance to provide a protective barrier from gunfire for the on-scene police and EMS.

During this encounter, an officer was shot in the leg. Oswalt and his partner treated the wound and transported the officer to the hospital. The event ended with the person accused of firing shots being taken into custody.

As a result of his actions on this call, Oswalt was honored with the Chicago Fire Department Paramedic Award for Valor and the Chicago Fire Department Paramedic of the Year Award. Oswalt is a 2006 graduate of LCC’s Paramedic Program, and worked as a paramedic in Michigan until he was hired by the Chicago Fire Department in 2014.

Oswalt had some advice for current LCC EMS students. “Stay the course,” he said. You never know what’s going to happen or what opportunities you will experience in your professional life.”

LCC’s EMS Program Director Marvin Helmker made the trip to Chicago to attend the award ceremony. “In an agency with several thousand personnel six received awards,” said Helmker. “It was great to be there in person to witness one of our graduates receiving this honor.”

LCC is proud of Chris Oswalt and his brave actions.

 

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

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