SFMD’s Firefighter of the Year

Ken Simkins recognized

By Richard Ochs

The Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) has recognized Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Simkins as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year.

Ken hails from Minnesota, where he worked as a paramedic on an ambulance and volunteered with a Sheriff’s Search & Rescue team. He was hired by SFMD in 2006 (then the Apache Junction Fire District) and has focused his career on excellence in paramedicine and teaching others. He has been awarded the Save Hearts in AZ Registry and Education (SHARE) Award for multiple cardiac arrest saves and was recently awarded the Arizona Emergency Medical Systems (AEMS) Aces of Hearts Award in 2017 for exemplary EMS achievement.

Firefighter Simkins has been passionate about teaching paramedicine for more than 10 years. He has served as preceptor for probationary firefighter/paramedics during his career with the SFMD and currently teaches paramedic students in his off duty time. He holds instructor credentials that include; the American Heart Association, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).

Ken credits his most enduring success as being a husband of 28 years to his wife Tracy and a father to his son Kyle. He enjoys spending his free time with his three dogs and volunteering as a board member for his Home Owners Association and as a liaison with the HOA’s community landscape contractor.

Firefighter Simkins clearly exemplifies the mission, visions and values of the SFMD and has earned the honor of the Firefighter of the Year award with distinction. Congratulations Ken!

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