Each year, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness honors extraordinary service of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. Rachel Kerksiek, Emergency Medical Services Instructor at Southwest Tech, received the 2017 Emergency Instructor of the Year Award.

Rachel has served many years saving lives in emergency medicine. Some of her past experience includes working and serving with Beaver Ambulance, Beaver County Search and Rescue Medical Team, Beaver County Emergency Management Board, Beaver Fire District Board, and at Dixie Regional Medical Center as a Critical Care Technician. Rachel currently serves as the EMS Course Coordinator at Southwest Tech in Cedar City, Utah along with being an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with Gold Cross Ambulance.

Rachel excels in the classroom environment and is an inspiration to every student who has the privilege of enrolling in her courses. Even more impressive is her ability to inspire and push her students to succeed.  For the past year, Rachel has served as the State and National Registry of EMT Representative and the level of knowledge and experience that Rachel brings to her students is unmatched.

Throughout her years in emergency medicine, Rachel has proven herself as a dedicated professional always striving to improve her own knowledge through continuing education and professional development. Rachel stated, “I take the initiative to attend all available training at every opportunity, including training outside my normal job requirements to always increase my skill levels in emergency medicine.”