SPONSORED: Acadian Companies’ 2018 Medic & EMT Of The Year

On Thursday, May 3, Acadian Companies held their annual luncheon to honor Paramedic Jerret Dunlap and EMT Taylor Walden who were selected as 2018 medics of the year for the company’s Louisiana/Mississippi service area. Over 1,000 people from Louisiana and Mississippi attended the luncheon, and The Picard Group was honored to return as a luncheon sponsor.

Jerret Dunlap, a paramedic in Alexandria, found his passion for patient care when he joined the United States Navy, serving as a hospital corpsman and field medic in Iraq. After leaving the Navy, Dunlap wanted to remain in the medical field and went to work at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Looking for a change, he decided to enroll in the EMT program at the National EMS Academy in Alexandria.

He began working at Acadian Ambulance as an EMT, then obtained his paramedic certification. He was promoted to Paramedic Field Supervisor and became a Critical Care Transport paramedic. Dunlap’s peers say he is always there to help and has a true passion for patient care. He is also a great mentor to other medics, serving as a preceptor.

Taylor Walden, an EMT in Ville Platte, began his career in the oil and gas industry, but made a career change so he could spend more time with his wife and children. He is currently enrolled at the National EMS Academy to become a paramedic.

Walden was nominated due to his drive, passion and striving to be better tomorrow than he is today. Family, faith and hard work are the foundations of his life, and these traits are very evident in his work at Acadian.

In addition to Dunlap and Walden, Acadian Companies Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag shared his appreciation for everyone involved in the luncheon and in Acadian’s success, from long-time employees and community supporters to the spouses, partners and families of employees. “Our employee-owners continue to help us grow throughout all of our diverse divisions. I want to thank all of the Acadian employees for their hard work, dedication, professionalism and loyalty. Their loved ones also play an important role in supporting their efforts,” he said.

Senator Fred Mills Jr. served as master of ceremonies and David Brown, retired Dallas chief of police, was the keynote speaker. Brown spoke about life experiences that were very influential to him that helped prepare him for his career in law enforcement.

Acadian Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, offering emergency and non-emergency transportation to areas in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Another luncheon will be held in Texas to honor medics of the year in that service area.

Since 1971, Acadian Companies has been dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. The company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, security, education and transportation.

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