Director Stuarts Comments on the 5th Anniversary of the passing of Paramedic Stephanie Callaway:
Today, Monday, June 17, 2013, marks the 5th anniversary of the death of SCEMS Paramedic Stephanie Callaway. As most of you know and remember, and for those that were not here five years ago, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 17, 2008, Stephanie was tragically killed when the ambulance in which she was caring for a patient swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree near Lewes/Rehoboth Fire Station 3 on Rt. 24 near Lewes. At the time of the accident, Stephanie was caring for her patient, 82-year-old Betty Jane Hall of Lewes, who was also killed in the crash.
Stephanie was easily liked and befriended nearly everyone she met. She began her career in EMS in 1994 at the Georgetown American Legion Ambulance Squad. In her application, when asked why she wanted to join, she answered “When my neighbor’s house caught fire, I had helped everyone to remain calm until the firefighters arrived on scene.”
Her dedication to helping others in crisis led to a career in public safety and EMS. She worked as a State Police dispatcher prior to enrolling in the Paramedic Training Program at Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC) where she excelled and graduated with honors in 2001.
After graduation from the DTCC program, she joined Kent County EMS, where she served as a Paramedic until joining Sussex County EMS on July 14, 2003.
During her 5-year career at SCEMS, Stephanie rose to the rank of Paramedic II, and served as a Field Training Officer, Public Information Officer, and member of the Honor Guard. She was also President of the Sussex County Paramedic Association, and an active member of the Lewes Fire Department. She was married to Steve Callaway and was survived by her two young sons, Matthew and Ryan.
Stephanie, at age 31, had committed nearly half of her life to public service and hers is the only line-of-duty death of a paramedic in Delaware.
Our thoughts, prayers and support will be with Stephanie’s family and her extended EMS family today as we reflect and remember her on the 5th anniversary of her unfortunate and tragic death.
She remains and will always be missed!
My post from April 11, 2011: One in a Million – Revisited
I was thinking about this while standing in a long viewing line, an out-of-place fossil in a dark suit on a summer day three years ago.
Surrounded by hundreds of uniformed Eastern Shore paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and police officers.
I was neither family nor co-worker, but the line-of-duty-death of Stephanie Callaway staggered me.
Sussex County Paramedic Callaway graduated from my EMS Management program. I met her family at commencement. She was one of the 5,000 who could have become part of the top 500.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward