Statesboro Paramedic Jamie Ward received the prestigious 2020 National EMS Sheep Dog of the Year Paramedic Award.

The Sheep Dog organization flew Jamie and her mother Janet Ward to Rogers, Arkansas to receive the award last week.

Jamie Ward at awards ceremony Credit: SDAI

Jamie received the award on the six year anniversary of when she caught a flu virus from a patient while working for Candler County EMS that dramatically changed her life.

Receiving this prestigious award on this very day was a reminder of how her life has changed, and how far she has advanced.

She has been battling serious and debilitating health issues over the past six years and regularly visits her team of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jamie’s received this honor because of her dedication and service to her patients in Candler County.

The Sheep Dog organization reviewed hundreds of applications for the award before selecting Jamie’s as the honoree.

She received a custom made wooden gladiator sword that is carved with the following: “A warrior, mentor, professional, and above all a true sheep dog!” In appreciation for your selfless service.

Credit: SDAI

As they introduced Jamie at the awards ceremony, they talked about her love, service, dedication, and knowledge to help those who needed her medical assistance.

Jamie Ward’s reply was, “I just performed my duties.”

“Listening and participating in conversations, God’s presence was felt everywhere! This opportunity has given Jamie an extra incentive to fight and educate others,” said Janet Ward, Jamie’s mother. “It was said often that Jamie is an inspiration that has had to sacrifice so much in the line of duty.”

Janet went on to explain how the two of them were treated like royalty before, during, and after the event.

Jamie met, took photos, and talked with many of the people in attendance. It was definitely a night to remember for the two of them.

Credit: SDIA

About the Sheep Dog Award

This award is an important way to recognize those among us who have gone above and beyond their call of duty in their military or first responder professions (law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS/paramedic).

These awards are presented to Sheep Dogs who have modeled exemplary and/or heroic service during 2020.

Although a single heroic incident may be worthy of consideration, special consideration is given to those nominees who have distinguished themselves and their profession throughout their careers.

About the Sheep Dog Organization

Founded in 2010, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is a national non-profit organization founded and headquartered in Rogers, Arkansas. SDIA exists to engage, assist and empower our nation’s “Sheep Dogs” (military veterans, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS personnel) to Get Off The Couch™ and reengage in living a meaningful and productive life.

These heroes have an innate desire to serve and their service gives purpose to their lives; however, after an injury or shift/tour of duty ends, that purpose is often lost. By gathering together Sheep Dogs who have suffered similar traumas & experiences, SDIA has found that the camaraderie and peer support they receive fosters healing and is critical to their overall well-being, which helps prevent suicides in our Veteran and First Responder communities.

Joining SDIA in opportunities for physical activities, camaraderie & healing (Outdoor Adventures), training to transform struggle into strength and posttraumatic growth (Warrior PATHH), and volunteer opportunities for continued service (Disaster Response), a Sheep Dogs’ innate desire to serve is again fulfilled. When Sheep Dogs #GetOffTheCouch together, their attitude and perspective are drastically improved, and many find healing and a renewed sense of purpose.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...