By Jon Politis
EMS lost another pioneer this past month. On August 24, 2009, Paul Hillers of Newton, Iowa lost a courageous battle with cancer. For over 30 years he worked in Fire and EMS in Iowa serving in many capacities from Fire Chief to Rescue Instructor, Paramedic and EMS educator. His accomplishments were many. On a national level he was a pioneer in developing and teaching techniques for farm/agricultural rescue.
He was a frequent speaker at the EMS TODAY and conferences around the country. In addition, he authored many articles and contributed to numerous Brady textbooks. He was also a Lifetime member of the Iowa Farm safety Council and served as its president from 1995-1997 and again from 2004-2005. Paul is survived by his wife Theresa, a son Thomas and two step-daughters Heather and Roxanne.
Paul, he was part of a group of EMS Pioneers that did much of the “heavy lifting” in EMS. Rescue technology and response to agricultural emergencies is where it is today because of Paul. To me he was a friend, colleague and always an excellent barometer of what would really work out in the field. He always “told it like it was”.
I will miss my friend as will his family and many in the Iowa EMS system. God speed brother.