Former CCSU president to get prestigious EMS award
Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:01 PM EDT
By Scott Whipple
NEW BRITAIN — Richard L. Judd will be recognized by the National Association of EMS Educators at its national meeting in Reno, Nev., in September. He will be named the 2014 “Legends that Walk Among Us” recipient. The award recognizes unsung men and women who serve the EMS profession with a commitment to excellence for their work as EMS educators.
The author of emergency medical texts and articles, the retired president of CCSU has presented more than 200 seminars and lectures in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In 1974 he was the first Connecticut certified emergency medical services instructor. He serves as a national education faculty member for the American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support program.
As founding director of the nonprofit New Britain Emergency Medical Services Foundation, Judd served on the national safety highway transportation administration committee. He revised both the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic curricula and as a consultant to EMS organizations, including the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Systems.
Judd, former dean of the New England Emergency Medical Services Council’s Instructors Institute, co-teaches an emergency medical services instructors course in the department of biomolecular sciences at CCSU.
He began teaching EMTs as an allied medical staffer at New Britain General Hospital, now offered at CCSU. In addition, he lectures on specialties of behavioral emergencies, geriatrics, emergency childbirth, pediatrics and medicolegal aspects in an EMT course offered at Central under the instruction of James Gosselin.
“This is truly a prestigious award,” said Gosselin, a lieutenant on the Berlin police force and EMS educator since 1982. “Dr. Judd has mentored thousands of EMS instructors in the state. His teaching extends beyond emergency medical services. He also teaches doctors how to teach about EMS providers.”
Gosselin said Judd developed a PowerPoint program 20 years ago and has revised it more than 300 times.
“He wants all of us who teach EMS to be responsible in a way that can save lives,” Gosselin explained.
About his award, Judd told the association he was “overwhelmed. While I have often considered myself a legend in my own mind, no one else has ever concurred.”
With Walt Stoy, a NAEMSE’s co-founder, Judd says, “We stood at the forefront of pushing the margin and on the pedagogical side opened doors. We fostered ideas like giving our students support at the beginning of a lesson, knew that students differ in how they organize knowledge and provided structured representations and discussion about the thinking tasks in caring for patients.”
The association notes in the award that “it is educators like you that truly make a difference in students’ lives and who have shaped EMS nationally.”
Judd was nominated for the award by association board member Dr. Terri DeVito, Manchester Memorial Hospital; James A. Gosselin, Central Connecticut State University; Raffaela Coler, Hartford Hospital; and Kevin Brown, Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services. The Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services named its Lifetime Achievement award in Judd’s honor in 1996.
Judd told the association he had always thought that teaching was “a great form of entertainment -- every once in awhile time stands still for a microsecond and your student ‘gets it.’ EMS teaching is like an unassembled abacus. It is what EMS educators like you have made of it that counts.”
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