Kansas Representative Dave Crum was the recipient of a 2013 Support Award from the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association (KEMSA). The “Honoring Our Own” awards banquet took place on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Wichita Marriott in Wichita, during the KEMSA Annual Last Blast of Summer Conference.
This award was created by KEMSA in 2013 to recognize individuals outside of the EMS profession for their tireless efforts in promoting EMS in the state of Kansas.
Representative Crum is a retired Optometrist from Augusta, Kan. who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2007. Prior to the House of Representatives he served as Mayor of Augusta from 1990 – 1998.
Currently, Representative Crum is the Chair of the House Committee on Health & Human Services. In 2013, he led the efforts on the passage of the Communicable Disease Legislation, HB 2183. The Communicable Disease Legislation (Later named the “Chy Miller Bill”) was an important piece of legislation for public safety responders and healthcare provides. It updated an out-of-date statue that did not provide enough protection for providers potentially exposed to communicable diseases.
The legislation attracted far more controversy than was expected. There was one un-intentionally caused conflict that led to large volumes of e-mails in opposition. Representative Crum quietly navigated the legislation through the storm by being remarkably easy to work with, easy to talk with, and very positive. KEMSA was very encouraged by his support of Kansas EMS.
KEMSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of EMS in Kansas. KEMSA has members throughout Kansas and in surrounding states at every level of EMS. KEMSA was formed in 1996 after members from several EMS factions decided to unite to have a single voice for EMS in Kansas. Learn more at www.kemsa.org.