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Ambulance worker garners honor
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Manteca Ambulance clinical coordinator Jennifer Mundy received a coveted “Stars of Life” award in Sacramento last week. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Jennifer Mundy put another star in Manteca Ambulance’s crown as she was honored by the California Ambulance Association for her accomplishments as an EMT, paramedic, RN and clinical coordinator for both divisions – Manteca and Tuolumne.

It was at the state ambulance association’s Annual Stars of Life Celebration held April 11-13 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento where she was honored as one of 25 “Stars of Life” selected from ambulance companies throughout the state.

While her accomplishments have been goal-driven in the medical field, she looks back to a first grade teacher – a Mrs. Turner back East – who she said was very hands-on in her instructions and directions to her primary students.

“She encouraged everybody to create with their hands. She was very much into science and I had her from the first to the third grade – she encouraged us to explore,” she added. “I think that’s where I got it,” she said of her drive and science interest.

Mundy said that in looking at her family, medicine is obviously in their genes. Her husband Scott is a firefighter paramedic in Piedmont and also works in Alameda as an emergency room nurse. Their daughter Ashley, 22, works currently as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and is now going to college to get her RN following in her mother’s footsteps.

In her role as the Manteca Ambulance clinical coordinator, Mundy interfaces with the San Joaquin County EMS Agency and oversees quality assurance and medical control within her realm.

She remembers back when she was 21 and she opted to take an accelerated emergency medical technician (EMT) course that she quickly completed in less than a month. Six months later she signed up for the extensive paramedic classes continuing on to get her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2000.

Mundy went to work as a registered nurse at Tuolumne General Hospital after graduation until it closed in 2007, the same year she signed on with Manteca District Ambulance working first in the Tuolumne division. She still enjoys working as a paramedic as well for the MDA’s Tuolumne operation.

Mundy was credited for her dedication to duty that has surpassed expectations of her supervisors. Her citation acknowledged that she provides education, training and shared knowledge to all levels of the pre-hospital system.

 She recently taught first responders in Tuolumne County, provided monthly peer review in Manteca and Sonora, taught ACLS recertification to the local physician group and also represents her ambulance company as the liaison for clinical care with local base hospitals.

Mundy noted that the EMS profession doesn’t get the exposure it deserves. “I’m very proud to be part of this profession – very nice to be honored with our organization,” she said.