Lowery named Roane State Paramedic Student of the Year

Pictured: Derrick Lowery, center, with Paramedic Program Director David Blevins, left, and Vice President for Student Learning Diane Ward, right

By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer

Derrick Lowery, a paramedic with American Medical Response of Knox County and a former ski patroller in Colorado, has been named Roane State’s Paramedic Student of the Year.

Members of Lowery’s paramedic class at the community college’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences elected him in secret balloting.

“Derrick is one of those individuals that puts his head down and gets the job done,” said Roane State Paramedic Program Director David S. Blevins.

“Whether in the classroom, or in the field, he wants to make sure that he is ready for the next patient that he is called to help, and it doesn’t matter the circumstances, he looks to make sure he provides the care needed.”

“His passion for the profession is an outstanding quality and he will do great things,” Blevins added.

A framed photograph of Lowery will be on display for a year on the paramedic classroom wall. Then, that photo will become part of a collection of portraits of other paramedic students who have garnered the recognition over the years.

“It’s a great honor,” Lowery said of the award, bestowed during a recent luncheon. “There were so many great fellow paramedic students.”

He said he also took Roane State’s EMT and advanced EMT courses at Roane State’s Center for Health Sciences.

A Knox County resident, Lowery, 32, was a ski patroller at Winter Park Resort in Colorado for five years.

TEAMHealth, a hospital staffing firm based in Knoxville, has been a tremendous partner with Roane State and the paramedic program for more than 30 years, Blevins said.

As part of this partnership, the firm sponsors a luncheon for paramedic graduates who have completed the requirements for the technical certificate program, which takes a year to attain.

To learn more about Roane State’s EMT and paramedic programs, visit roanestate.edu/EMS or contact Blevins by phone at (865) 354-3000, ext. 4768, or email blevinsds@roanestate.edu.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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