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."
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