La. ambulance service honors EMS providers for their service

Ranada Staples was named Bayou Region EMT of the Year and Carlo Gagliano, was selected as the Paramedic of the Year

By Dan Copp
The Houma Courier,

LAFAYETTE PARISH, La. — Two area medics were honored by Acadian Ambulance Bayou Region last week for their exemplary service.

Ranada Staples, of Raceland, was named Bayou Region EMT of the Year and Carlo Gagliano, of Amelia, was selected as the Paramedic of the Year, the company announced Friday.

Staples earned her EMT certification through the National EMS Academy in 2016 and plans to complete her paramedic certification in August, the company said. She currently works as an instructor for new hires and EMT students.

Operations Manager Joe Szush lauded Staples' passion for helping the community.

"Helping other people is Ranada's passion, which is why she chose EMS," Szush said. "She provides both support and encouragement to patients and their families on top of stellar patient care."

Staples has served with Acadian for almost two years and is a graduate of Central Lafourche High School and Fletcher Technical Community College.

Gagliano serves the Bayou Region as a wellness champion, alternate community relations supervisor and CPR class instructor, the company said. He also worked as a dispatcher and served as a supervisor following the BP oil spill in 2010. Additionally, he is trained in medical alert installation and repair.

Szush said Gagliano brings a positive mindset to the company.

"Carlo has always been enthusiastic about any task he is asked to undertake and performs them with a can-do attitude," Szush said Friday. "He was inspired to become a paramedic as he realized that he could make a bigger difference for patients and their families during the worst time of their lives."

Gagliano has been with Acadian for 22 years and holds multiple certifications.

Each year, Acadian Ambulance recognizes medics for their work ethic and dedication, the company said in a news release. All finalists are known as outstanding paramedics and EMTs who display exemplary attitudes and provide excellent patient care, the company said.

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