Amagansett EMS Provider Tom Field Picked as East Hampton Patch's Greatest Person of 2012

Readers choose Tom Field for his dedication to emergency medical care on the South Fork.

Patch readers have spoken, and Amagansett Fire Department's advanced emergency medical technician Tom Field was named East Hampton Patch's Person of the Year for 2012.

Field is an advanced emergency medical technician in Amagansett, but also is a first aid, CPR, and EMT instructor — in fact, he's teaching an EMT refresher course in Sag Harbor all day on Sundays.

His fire department honored him in 2012 after he reached a milestone. Field has responded to the most calls in the history of the department — a whopping 4,000.

Back in 2010, officials honor Field and Al Phillips Jr. for teaching countless hours of EMS courses for the past 25 years. To revisit that story, click here.

We called to congratulate Field, and we are going to catch up with him just as soon as his busy schedule permits for a sit down interview. He said he was very honored. "That's pretty cool," he said.

Also, let's give a shout out to Robert Jahoda, the Traffic Control Officer supervisor for the Village of East Hampton, and Joe Realmuto, a local chef who volunteers in many ways in the community. They followed Field closely in the voting. 

For now, here's what some folks wrote in to say about him during the voting:

Linda Silich said, "I have to say Tom Field deserves some recognition this year for his countless hours of dedication. I have done my CPR Certification numerous years with him and he is so passionate about it, knowledgeable and always ready to help."

A.M wrote in, "As an EMT I would like to say that Tom Field without a doubt has dedicated his life to make sure that the ambulances, Sag Harbor to Montauk have confident and capable groups of ambulance members and at least 90% of our ambulance members worked with Tom. He is a remarkable person and I can say that I honestly believe Tom has saved 1000s of lives, directly or indirectly, this man is an incredible person it's about time he gets the recognition!"

Dorian Foster said, "Tom Field- a dying Breed of Man. Truly dedicated to Emergency Medical Services. Teaching hours and hours of AEMT and EMT classes into the late nights. There is no glory. He is an un-sung hero. He teaches us all to save lives in theses communities. We owe him a song. Big time! Way over due."

Montauk Fire Department Chief Richard Schoen said, "If you ask the question, how many are alive today because of the unselfish teachings, carings and time giving of Mr. Tom Field, there would be no doubt as to who is the most deserving of this honor."

Scott Pitches said, "If people knew how much Tom Field did for the community as a volunteer and how many lives he has saved he would be man of the decade. An incredibly patient, caring man."

Please congratulate Tom Field. Leave a comment below.

The Rev. Steven Howarth January 10, 2013 at 09:54 PM
A well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Tom!
Bonnie January 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Tom Field : Thank you for taking the time to save others. You deserve to be honored for your countless EMT calls. You are a blessing to all families you have helped. My husband Joe Realmuto was humbled to be honored as I am sure everyone on that list was. Our community is lucky to have each and everyone of the 10 people nominated. You are the people that make The East End such a wonderful place. Cindy Realmuto
Kieran Brew January 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM
"The Greatest"!
joyce January 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Tom , It is an honor to know you, and to go on calls with you. Congratulations! Joyce Marino Montauk EMS
Patricia Field January 11, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Congratulations to my husband, Tom Field. Well deserved.
Christine Schoen January 11, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Tom, I was so delighted to see that you received this honor. Thought about the moulage class that we took many many years ago at your house. Thank you for many good years as an American Heart Instructor thanks to you. And many good laughs during countless hours refreshing our AEMT status. Christine Schoen
Jasmine January 11, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Tom Field January 11, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Thank you Patch and thanks to all of the folks who offered the kind words and votes. What an honor it was to see that I was included with the other nine people who were nominated. They are all amazing. I hadn't anticipated winning so I'm a bit lost for words right now. This award deserves a proper response so I hope I'll be able to put a few thoughts together within a few days. For now, I'll share the honor with the other nominees as well as the many other fabulous people who give so much to make our community what it is. A great place to live. Tom Field
dorothy Kessen January 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Congratulations Tom. You deserve every alcolade that you get and then some
Pat Mansir January 11, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Congradulations, Old Faithful !!! May your knees hold out forever !!!!! AND May you NEVER have to do CPR on me !!
Mitch Yates January 11, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Congradulations Tom!!! I will say that I think the label Person of the "Year" falls a little short in my opinion.I have known Tom since childhood.His unselfish devotion to serve our town and it's citizens extends back decades and I am sure it will continue for decades into the furture.Everyone who knows Tom knows that the little calendar book in his pocket is packed with classes almost every night of the year,weekends too.Amongst this he anwers a record number of ambulance calls.All of this as a volunteer.Please let me know when you hold a Person of the "Decade"or maybe"Half Century" vote.I am honored to call him a friend.
virginia bennett January 11, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Congrats Tom, well deserved. From the Phillips Family in Homosassa Florida.
Susan Denis January 12, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I am so happy to learn this! Congratulations Tom! Tom helped me establish the CPR program at Pierson High School. He is truly an inspiration! His level of caring and devotion to community service is nothing short of amazing! Susan Denis, Sag Harbor
JIMMY MACK January 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
As one of your current EMT refresher students as well as one of your AED/CPR Instructors, I can attest to the fact that you are both a great teacher and a great man! You and Al Phillips were my original EMT instructors back in 2005 and thanks to you two I have responded to hundreds of emergency calls with the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and even saved a few lives along the way. I, as well as this entire community, owe you both an enourmous amount of gratitude! Thanks again! Jimmy Mack EMT Southampton Volunteer Ambulance


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