Lieutenant Teresa Uzel To Be Honored With Space Coast Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award
By Space Coast Daily // August 20, 2017
destiny was to help and save others
EDITOR’S NOTE: In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress.
Space Coast Daily is honored to highlight the 2017 Space Coast Public Service Awards honorees, starting with the Lifetime Achievement category.
Below, we present Lieutenant Teresa Uzel. During her long and remarkable career she was the go-to person who could be counted on in any situation. She represents the very best public safety has to offer and there are literally hundreds of people still alive today if not for the dedicated and loving service of this outstanding individual.
The second annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, September 23, inside the Maxwell C. King Center For the Performing Arts. Seating is now available so don’t delay in making your reservations.
Call 321-242-2219 or log on to KingCenter.com for tickets.
Hundreds of People Are Alive Today Due To Teresa Uzel’s Dedicated, Loving Service To Public
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In the early 1980s, Teresa Uzel began volunteering on an ambulance while still in high school through the Health Occupations Students of America program.
At a young age, Teresa knew her destiny was to commit her life to helping and saving others.
After gaining her EMT certification at then Brevard Community College, now Eastern Florida State College, and even while successfully attending the intensive Fire Academy, she still found the time and energy to volunteer with the Four Communities Volunteer Fire Department accumulating hundreds of hours of service.
In 1986, she was selected for employment with Brevard County Fire Rescue where she proudly served with excellence until retiring with distinction in August 2017.
Despite the challenges of a busy life and busy career as a professional Firefighter, Teresa continued to volunteer additional hours with the Cape Canaveral Volunteer Fire Department providing thousands of hours of volunteer service at no cost to the city earning her the title of “Life-Time Member.”
In her first two years with Brevard County Fire Rescue, Teresa worked diligently on attaining her paramedic certification achieving that milestone in 1988.
Teresa was “the go to person” who could be counted on in any situation. In fact, the more dangerous a situation became, the more in control and outstanding Teresa performed.
In 1998, Brevard County was hit with the worst wildfires in history. Teresa saved lives and homes and worked more than 30 days straight, as many as 20 hours a day, without any hint of complaint.
Other newer firefighters saw Teresa’s commitment to the public and did their best to keep up with her. For her efforts, Teresa was awarded Brevard County Fire Rescue’s prestigious “Company Officer of the Year.”
On two separate occasions, Teresa was awarded the agency’s highest honor, the “Life Saving Award” and has also been awarded the top number of “Stork Pins” delivering more than 10 babies in the field.
Many people in Brevard County have been saved by the caring, competent and decisive actions of Teresa. She was one of the first instructors for the Port Canaveral Maritime Training Academy and has taught ship-board firefighting and CPR to students from around the world and continues to teach marine firefighting.
Teresa has always been very active with teaching veteran fire service and new hires a variety of essential EMS, fire and HAZMAT skills. She was depended on to develop much of the new hire training curriculum during the 1990s, a curriculum which still stands today.
Teresa Uzel represents the very best public safety has to offer and there are literally hundreds of people still alive today if not for the dedicated and loving service of this outstanding individual.
Seating for the 2017 Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, is now available so don’t delay in making your reservations. Call 321-242-2219 or log on to KingCenter.com for tickets.
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