First Responders, Caregivers Honored for Their Roles in Trauma Cases

Emily Davis (left podium) and Susanna Moss (right podium) spoke to attendees of LSU Medical Center's 2012 "An Evening For Heroes." Davis and Moss, who were rescued and treated by Shreveport first responders and LSUHSC-Shreveport medical staff, are the subject of the two mini-documentaries below.

A total of 84 emergency first responders and medical professionals were honored May 3 at the second annual  “An Evening for Heroes,” which not only raised awareness of the outstanding emergency response system in northwest Louisiana but also topped last year’s inaugural event to become the most successful fundraiser ever for LSU Health Shreveport. The LSU

LSU Health Sciences Foundation sponsored the evening that celebrated the rescues and recoveries of  a young medical student named Emily Davis and a young mother, Susanna Moss. Both women were severely injured in car accidents. A captivated audience watched their stories unfold in videos produced by CRM Studios.

The 84 honorees included LSU medical staff along with Benton and Minden EMS personnel. They received Hero medals, a standing ovation and emotional  thank you’s from each of the young women. Chancellor Robert Barish emphasized that the honorees represented thousands more in the EMS system —from 911 operators to neurosurgeons — who work as a team to put lives and dreams back together.

A sold-out audience of 880, including dignitaries from city and state government and the LSU system office, filled the Shreveport Convention Center. Attendees  included Senator Greg Tarver, Senator Sherry Buffington. Representative Barbara Norton and Representative Jeff Thompson, Bossier Mayor Lo Walker, Shreveport, Councilmen Oliver Jenkins and Jeff Everson.

They listened as emcee, Sheriff Steve Prator, reinforced the vital role of the LSU Level 1 Trauma Center in the community.  Lifetime Sponsor Fred Moffitt, who has received lifesaving care of his own at LSU, was happy to see the spotlight on the health sciences center. “It was an excellent program and good for the medical center,” he said. “It is a great institution.”

Willis Knighton and Chase were title sponsors and many other organizations and individuals contributed to the event.  Lynn and Armand Roos were co-chairs with Jenny Barish.