By MARK EVANS
Members of the Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance District Board honored Rick Short, who is retiring from the ambulance staff after 20 years as an EMT. For more than 10 years he has been a shift captain.
“He’s a great asset to the district,” executive director Kendall Shrum said. “We’re going to miss him very much.”
Shrum noted that Short was always “very involved” in things like the building committee and in delivering and picking up ambulances that were remounted in North Carolina, Indiana and Columbia, Missouri.
“I know he was well-respected by the crew members and staff,” Shrum said. “He’s going to be a great loss to the district.”
Short also taught several EMT classes.
Shrum also noted that if Short wants to work any as a part-time PRN employee, or return full-time, “the door is always open.”
Don Kuehn, vice chairman, presented the plaque to Short and thanked him for his “many years of faithful service.”
Carla Degenhardt was also honored this spring, in a private ceremony. She retired after 24 years as an EMT – and later as a Registered Nurse (RN).
She was hired as a paramedic on Oct. 8, 1997 and became a full-time employee the next year.
She went back to school and became an RN in 2016.
Degenhardt has also been a captain for the district. She retired March 31.