Trinity EMS Manager Peters Honored as ‘Steward of the Community’

Celebrating Josiah Peters (third from left) were Trinity Director of Clinical Services Kirk Brigham, Trinity Medical Director Dr. Cindy Spier and Holy Family EMS Manager Chris Wood. (Courtesy photograph)

Trinity EMS Operations Manager Josiah Peters is being recognized for his selflessness as a first responder, having been named an “EMS Steward of the Community” by the Dallas-based Steward Healthcare System that owns Haverhill and Methuen’s Holy Family Hospital.

A 14-year Trinity veteran, Peters was honored by his medical peers at a ceremony during May’s National Emergency Services Week for “going above and beyond” during September’s gas-related fire disaster in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

“Josiah’s professionalism and leadership served the communities at their greatest time of need and uncertainty,” Holy Family President Craig Jesiolowski, FACHE, president of Holy Family Hospital said. “In a community-wide emergency that was unfolding at a rapid rate, he exhibited the skill to respond and the commitment to care about the greater good. We are all better for his work and his dedication to his profession.”

During the disaster, Peters directed Trinity personnel to transport 33 patients to Holy Family and other local hospitals, sending many more to shelters.

He also manned the command center and tracked and assigned units to evacuate South Lawrence and surrounding highways, Trinity told WHAV in a statement.

Peters was quick to applaud his Trinity colleagues for what he calls a unified effort in the midst of tragedy.

“This was a team effort. I could not have done anything without the dedication of my caregivers who, at a moment’s notice, came into work from home when they were needed most,” Peters said.

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