The Storm Lake Police Department recognized paramedic Tim Speers Wednesday afternoon prior to a training session for the department's Entry Team.
Public Safety Director Mark Prosser and Entry Team Commander Captain Todd Erskine presented Speers with his own police identification credentials.
Speers, who has been a paramedic for 11 1/2 years with the Buena Vista County Paramedics, has also served for the past nine years as the medic for the Storm Lake Police Department Entry Team.
Speers attends special training every month with the team and has also attended both police tactical and medical tactical training at Camp Dodge in Johnston.
Public Safety Director Mark Prosser said, "Tim Speers is an asset to the Entry Team and the specialized services they provide the community and region. The Buena Vista County EMS allows Speers to leave work to deploy with the team when he is on duty at the hospital and the police department insures a high caliber of emergency medical assistance at high risk locations even prior to an ambulances arrival."
Captain Erskine added, "Tim Speers is always there when we need him and he provides the team a safety net in the case of an injury to a team member, defendant, witness or others."
The Storm Lake Police Department Entry Team is utilized in cases of moderate to high-risk entries for arrest warrants, search warrants, barricaded subjects, hostage situations and other high-risk incidents in Storm Lake. The Entry Team has responded to assist other agencies including the Buena Vista, Ida, Cherokee, Sac, Kossuth and Pocahontas Sheriff's Departments and the Cherokee, Early, Wall Lake, Alta and Fort Dodge Police Departments.
The issuance of police credentials is a guarded practice with the Storm Lake Police Department with only one other individual, the police department chaplain, receiving credentials.