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Posted Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Mayors of Hanover, Morris Plains, and Morris Township Among Others to Salute Houser 

The Morris County Board of Freeholders held a special ceremony last night at their meeting in Morristown to offer a county resolution of congratulations to Ryan Houser of Morristown who has been named the National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year.

Ryan Houser (center) honored at Morris County Freeholder Board meeting in Morristown. Photo shows him surrounded by some two dozen officials.

Houser, who is 21, will receive his national award next month from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World at a conference in Las Vegas.

In honoring Houser, the freeholders were joined by Morris County Undersheriff Mark Spitzer, Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli, Morris Township Mayor Bruce Sisler, Morris County OEM Director Jeff Paul, and First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante, among others.

Also attending were Ryan’s parents Dolores and Phil Houser, sister Sarah Houser, and colleagues from the Morris Minute Men.

“Even at his young age, Ryan has shown a long-time commitment to the community, providing an example of dedication and excellence to his younger peers and to veterans of the Emergency Services community,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana, in presenting him with a county resolution.

photo of Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli presents a plaque to Ryan Houser as Freeholders John Cesaro and Christine Myers look on

Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli presents a plaque to Ryan Houser as Freeholders John Cesaro and Christine Myers look on

“I am proud that a fine young man such as Ryan continues to give back to the community.  As he is honored with the 2017 National EMT of the Year Award in October, our residents are blessed to have him ready to serve,” said Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, who had a resolution of the State Legislature presented to Houser.

Ryan Houser has worked in Emergency Medical Services, starting as a volunteer, since age 16. He is a full-time student at Rutgers University, with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon, working in law enforcement and advancing the field of tactical medicine.However, that educational commitment has not slowed down his community involvement.

  • Volunteer EMT for the Morris Minute Men EMS, serving as Assistant Captain;
  • Certified as a firefighter, with the Morris Township Fire Department;
  • Instructor of terrorism response courses;
  • EMT for the Cedar Knolls Fire Department;
  • EMT for the Morris County Office of Emergency Management;
  • Serves on judiciary committees to support juveniles;
  • Works at Morristown Medical Center as an Emergency Technician.

He also is creating awareness videos to benefit community education and encourage agency volunteers.

photo of Houser with Undersheriff Mark Spitzer as Freeholders John Cesaro and Christine Myers look on

Houser with Undersheriff Mark Spitzer

Ryan Houser, National EMT of the Year, Honored by the Freeholders

Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, Houser, Morris Plains Councilwoman Suzanne McCluskey and Councilman Jason Karr

“Ryan dedicates considerable time to his pursuit of providing exceptional patient care to individuals in the prehospital and hospital setting,” said colleague Kendall Sarson. “Ryan has truly modeled his entire life around helping others, whether patient or peer, and his work as an EMT has become one of the most significant parts of his identity.”

The NAEMT award recognizes an emergency medical technician who demonstrates excellence in the performance of emergency medical services, with their primary role being that of pre-hospital patient care.

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