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Western Student Named Community Hero

October 02, 2018

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Whitney Watterson, was awarded the first “Community Hero Award” at the first annual First Responder Appreciation Day.

Whitney Watterson-Lessard received the award at the first annual First Responder Appreciation Day

On Saturday August 8th, Western’s Criminal Justice and EMS program graduate Whitney Watterson-Lessard, was awarded the first “Community Hero Award” at the first annual First Responder Appreciation Day.

The Rocket Miner accepted letters of nomination regarding any first responder in Sweetwater County. Waterson-Lessard received multiple nomination letters praising her work and dedication. Stories such as: how she sang with a frightened patient while inserting an IV; a father who believes his daughter is alive today because of Watterson’s care with patients; and that she checked in with family members of her patients after her emergency response was complete.

“On a particularly busy day in Sweetwater County for EMS and Emergency Responders, there were four EMS calls ongoing within the county simultaneously which were all potentially what are referred to as “critical calls.” Despite the urgency to complete calls as fast as possible to return to services and wait for the next pending call, Whitney took the time to ensure her patient was given all the treatment and care she could render. This has been typical of Whitney throughout her training. I have had several opportunities to work side by side with her – and this is how she treats all her patients,” said Andrew Appleby, EMS Instructor at Western Wyoming Community College.

Waterson-Lessard works for the Castle Rock Ambulance Service in Green River. She was on her honeymoon at the time the award was presented. Her sister accepted the award on her behalf from Jade Stevenson of the Rocket Miner.

For more information regarding the EMS Program at Western, please contact Andrew Appleby at


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