EMS News and Events


EMS Professional of the year Lindsay Tuten

    Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to announce that on Saturday November 07, 2015 the Harmony Masonic Lodge #22 presented the Asa C. Godowns EMS Professional of the Year award to Paramedic Lindsay Tuten.

    Lindsay Tuten is a paramedic with Beaufort County EMS for over 6 years. When Tuten is not on duty at EMS she is helping with the Child Passenger Safety Program at Beaufort County EMS.  She does this by educating and assisting new parents and grandparents in proper car seat installations.  Tuten also helps with the employee liaison committee to better the communication between all EMS personnel. Tuten is extremely passionate about her job and takes great pride in her chosen profession. This is evident in the congratulations she receives by the patients that she serves. Lindsay now shares this experience by being a preceptor trainer for new paramedics and new hires.  Lindsay works tirelessly to give back to the EMS profession. Lindsay is one of the best paramedics in the state she has represented Beaufort County EMS in regional and state wide Paramedic skills competitions. Recently she has taken on the task of bring Beaufort County EMS to the public  by developing and maintaining the Beaufort County EMS Facebook page,  which has over 550 likes already.

“I am honored to win this award. Thank you to my peers and supervisors for nominating me,” Tuten said, “I am so proud to work for Beaufort County EMS”

     Harmony Masonic Lodge presents the EMS Professional of the Year award annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and professional service to the citizens of Beaufort County through the field of Emergency Medical Services.  The award is named for Asa C. Godowns, the Deputy Director of Beaufort County EMS for over 24 years who was killed in an auto accident in March 2001.  Nominations for the awards are submitted by fellow EMS employees.

Tuten Award


August 30 2015


At 73, Richard Nusbaum has golfed many times but it was different during a recent game. Nusbaum credits Beaufort County EMS paramedics Lindsay Tuten and Nichole Miller, as well as the cardiovascular catheter lab team at Hilton Head Medical Center with saving his life recently.

On August 12, 2015, Nusbaum was golfing and not feeling well, so friends helped him home on his golf cart in Sun City. Once home, instead of getting off the golf cart they called 911 and stayed on the phone with the dispatcher until paramedics arrived.

His skin was pale, and he was weak and sweating when EMS arrived. Tuten moved him into the cool ambulance and started her assessment.

Tuten stated, “He just did not look well at all. I knew he needed our help.”

Tuten and Miller did a quick assessment and determined that he was having a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). In layman’s terms, he was having a heart attack right in front of them.

Tuten said, “First thing is a 12 lead ECG. Then as needed aspirin, oxygen and IVs. We look for certain things on the 12 lead ECG, and if we see those things, we then transmit the 12 lead ECG to Hilton Head Hospital and tell them we have a STEMI patient, so they can have the Cath lab ready for us when we arrive. The hospital will review our 12 lead ECG, and all of this is done before the ambulance even gets to the hospital. But the main thing is time. Time is heart muscle.”

Nusbaum was taken to the Cath lab and four stents were placed in his heart. He was released a few days later. Nusbaum said that he called 911 directly and did not call anyone before doing that. He had been advised of this in meetings in Sun City. He said that even calling security can slow the response of Emergency responders and to always call 911 directly.

“I feel thankful and blessed that we have this amazing service right at our back door,” Nusbaum said. “Given such highly-skilled professional people, they really deserve our praises for the job that they do.”

Both Tuten and Miller were very happy to see Mr. Nusbaum.

“So many times we take people to the hospitals and really never know what their actual outcome is,” Miller said.

Tuten and Miller both agreed this was a great feeling and reminded them of just why they went through all their training to become Paramedics, and why they are glad to work where they can make a difference in people’s lives.

Beaufort County EMS's photo.

left to right Lindsay Tuten, Richard Nusbaum, Nichole tuten


Beaufort County EMS would like to thank all of the Public Safety agencies and their personnel for attending or assisting in the memorial service for Julie Williams.

Special thanks go to the Beaufort County EMS staff that worked so hard to make this happen.

Thanks to the Baptist Church of Beaufort. Thanks to the Bluffton fire department Honor Guard Unit.

Thank you again for joining the Beaufort County EMS family in remembering Julie Williams and celebrating her life

Beaufort County EMS's photo.
Beaufort County EMS's photo.
Beaufort County EMS's photo.
Beaufort County EMS's photo.


It is with great sadness that we at Beaufort County EMS announce the death of Julie Williams.

Julie was with Beaufort County EMS since 1995 and the training officer from 2008 until she had to discontinue working due to cancer treatment. Julie was inspirational in the training of many paramedics in the low country and an advocate for the improvement of EMS in everything she did. She touched many lives both in the street as a paramedic and in her office has a training officer. She was a national speaker on many EMS topics and this was her mission and passion in life, to educate and improve EMS systems everywhere she spoke.
Julie’s family was by her side in her last days and we can be comforted in knowing she was loved and cared for in her time of need. Julie’s EMS family was always there if needed and was ready to help at all times.

We at Beaufort County EMS just want to say we love you Julie and we see your passion come to life in the great paramedics you have trained and left to fill your legacy


Beaufort County EMS adds two new ambulances to service the county's needs

Lucas Chest Compression System placed on all Ambulances

Effective Compressions, Good Blood Flow Lead to Lifesaving CPR
Effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and can prime
the heart. Maintaining sufficient coronary perfusion
pressure during cardiac arrest improves the likelihood of return of spontaneous
circulation (ROSC).
However, as any rescuer or caregiver knows, performing manual CPR according to
current AHA guidelines is difficult and tiring. In fact, many organizations have added
extra staff to cardiac arrest calls to switch out rescuers performing compressions.
The LUCAS Chest Compression System is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions
at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate ROSC. It delivers automated compressions
throughout ambulance transport and at the hospital.
LUCAS facilitates consistent blood flow from the
moment it is turned on, helping to improve a patient’s chance for a successful outcome

In 2005, the AHA determined that we need to focus on performing better chest compressions to move
the blood around and keep the organs working. We know that CPR is difficult to do well. People slow
down. They don’t always do it appropriately—even professional rescuers. A machine does'nt’t get tired; it is
consistent, and consistency is key,”


November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

pancreatic cancer

  • It's the most lethal cancer there is. Overall survival rate is 6%.

  • More than 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year. More than 38,000 will die.

  • No early test. Less than 20% of those diagnosed are eligible for surgery.

  • No cure, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages.

  • Too little federal funding. Pancreatic cancer research constitutes less than 2% of the National Cancer Institute's budget.

  • But there is hope. With Cablevision's support of The Lustgarten Foundation, 100% of your donation will go directly to pancreatic cancer research.



November is National Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. In the United States, more than 25 million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Over time, if it’s not controlled, type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and blindness. You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are age 45 or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Are African American, Hispanic or Latino American, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
  • Have had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
  • Have had a baby with a birth weight of more than 9 pounds
  • Have high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Exercise less than 3 times a week

You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting type 2 diabetes by:

  • Watching your weight
  • Eating healthy
  • Staying active
For more information or to see if you may have diabetes, contact your general physician.


October is National Bullying Prevention 

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Facts

  • More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied.
  • Bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn. Students who are bullied find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades, and lose self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
  • Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.
  • In some cases, bullying has led to devastating consequences, such as school shootings and suicide.
  • Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid that they will be the next target.
  • Bullying is a community wide issue that must no longer be ignored or thought of as a rite of passage. Students, parents, and educators all have a role in addressing bullying situations and changing school culture.
  • The two keys to creating change are: increasing awareness that bullying has lifelong impact, and giving people the tools they need to respond effectively.
  • Students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Student education of how to address bullying for peers is critical, as is the support of adults.
  • Silence is no longer an acceptable response to bullying. Adults, students, and educators can no longer look away when they see bullying. Ignoring it won’t work. Everyone needs to be empowered with options to respond.



Fire Prevention Week: In Memory of Megan

by Daniel Byrne