Left to right: Rick Fields, Senior Vice President of Operations, Covalent Health; Ed Leyland, Outstanding Employee of the Year award recipient; Brent Allen, Operations Chief; Dr. Colby Redfield, Medical Director

May 31 2023 –  – Two Broward County first responders were honored for excellent patient care and service to the community at the Century Ambulance offices this week. In recognition of 2023 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 21-27, Century Ambulance held an award ceremony and luncheon where Kent Ottens was awarded Paramedic of the Year, and Edward Leyland was awarded Outstanding Employee of the Year.

Ottens is a full-time teacher during the day and works the night shift providing excellent patient care in the community. He is a Field Training Officer (FTO) and is known for being reliable, hard-working and professional.

Leyland was recognized for being a leader and role model for those around him. He also serves the community as a state fire marshal. Earlier this year, Leyland received a state honor for EMS professionals, A Stars of Life Award, in Tallahassee.

“We are proud of our dedicated team of EMTs, paramedics and other emergency medicine and transportation employees. They continually rise to new challenges, go above and beyond what is expected of them and provide superior medical care in the field,” said Rick Fields, Senior Vice President of Operations for Covalent Health.

Century Ambulance, a Covalent Health Company, also held award ceremonies in Taylor and Columbia counties, as well as Jacksonville, Fla. The theme for the national recognition week is EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins. Century Ambulance employs a dedicated team of EMS professionals who are a vital part of the community and save lives daily as first responders.

Century Ambulance Service is a Covalent Health Company and provides services throughout the state of Florida serving northeast Florida, Columbia County, Taylor County and Broward County.

For more information about Century Ambulance, visit www.centuryambulance.com.