Army Colonel & BR paramedic to receive national award

A Baton Rougeon, who has served East Baton Rouge Parish for over 40 years, will be recognized for a national award!

Dr. Dan Godbee was chosen by National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians as the 2022 Medical Director of the Year.

Dr. Godbee is currently the Medical Director for East Baton Rouge Parish EMS and has served his country and community for 44 years.

MAJ Nicholas Studer, MD, MPH, NRP, MC, FS, DMO, US Army, Medical Director, Army EMS Program Office, notes Dr. Godbee is viewed as an affable “everyman,” while simultaneously a consummate scholar and the Medical Editor of a major medical journal for prehospital medicine.

He began as an Eagle Scout, enlisted as a Private and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major. He then accepted a Commission as a physician and again worked his way up to the rank of Colonel. He is a Green Beret with numerous deployments as both a physician and a warfighter.

Dr. Godbee is never far from the frontline, yet comfortable briefing General Officers in the Army or elected officials and journalists in his hometown. He dives, parachute jumps, and performs every other adventurous task with his soldiers in the Army and his law enforcement, fire, and EMS crews in civilian life.

“It has been my honor to know Dr. Godbee since I was a medical student. I could count on his sage advice during both personal setbacks and successes, and I credit his mentorship with where I am today,” states MAJ Studer.

Dr. Godbee will be presented with the award at the 2022 NAEMT World Expo in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday October 11, 2022.

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