Morris A. Miller Awards
Morris A Miller Hero Award for July 18, 2017 event
Sheriff Luke Hennen, with Matt Logeais, Deputy Jake Lannon and Deputy Vadmin Romanets Hero Award for July 18, 2017
Morris A Miller Hero Award for November 7, 2017 event
Prior Lake Officer Scott Johnson, Steven Mohs, Prior Lake Officer Matt Nardo and Prior Lake Firefigher Tyler Fink
Morris Miller A Miller Hero Award for April 18, 2017 event.
New Prague Captain Jim Gareis, Colin Shepp, Deputy Ben Koestner, Michael Bartusek and Matthew Church
Morris A Miller Hero Award for February 14, 2016 event
Mark received his reward for his actions on February 14, 2016
Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the Morris A. Miller award is to recognize and honor individuals or organizations within Scott County that have exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action to save and protect human life and property during emergency events involving the citizens and visitors of Scott County.
In 2002, the Scott County Emergency Medical Services Council (EMSAC) established a “Health Hero Award/Outstanding Service Award” to honor those individuals and organizations that have performed service above and beyond the call of duty for their fellow citizens experiencing medical need.
The awards were named the “Morris A. Miller Health Hero Award/Outstanding Service Award” in honor of the late Morris A. Miller. Mr. Miller was highly respected in the EMS Community and had worked diligently for many years in the area of pre-hospital care in Scott County and throughout the metro area. His achievements in the realm of public service establish the goals and objectives of the awards presented each year by Scott County.
In 2013, the Scott County All Hazards Committee decided to add a third award honoring individuals for their length of service in consistently performing volunteer or community based work or employment involving emergency medical services.
The Scott County Public Health Department assumes the overall responsibility for establishing the award criteria and identifying those individuals or organizations eligible for the awards. Nominee applications are submitted to the Public Health Department for review.
Parties receiving the Morris A. Miller Health Hero Award, Outstanding Service Award, or the Distinguished Service Award will be invited to attend a Scott County Board meeting for award presentation and recognition of their heroic efforts.
Awards and Eligibility Criteria
Morris A. Miller Health Hero Award
Individuals who make a spontaneous reaction to an emergency while not thinking of their own safety during an unusual medical or lifesaving incident. Nominees could be any citizen living, working, or passing through Scott County at the time of the incident who reacts to an incident and renders aid and care.
- Lawrence Kotek, March 19, 2013 (PDF)
- Mark Weiberg, February 14, 2016
- New Prague Officer Dean Durban, Deputy Ben Koestner, Citizen Colin Shepp, and Citizen Michael Bartusek April 18, 2017
- Deputy Vadim Romannets, and Deputy Jake Lannon July 18, 2017
- Prior Lake Officers Matt Nardo, Scott Johnson and Prior Lake Firefighter Tyler Fink November 7, 2017
- Deputy Jake Lannon, Deputy Ben Koestner, Sgt. Bob Ryan and Citizen William Turgi August 1, 2018
Morris A. Miller Outstanding Service Award
Professionals or volunteers who have made significant contributions toward improving the health and safety of Scott County residents as well as others in their care. Nominees could be practitioners, advocates, administrators, volunteers, educators,
researchers, policymakers, or other community members or organizations whose contributions should be recognized.
- Charles Mitchell, August 6, 2013 (PDF)
- Mike Turek, August 6, 2013 (PDF)
- Nicholas Adler, August 6, 2013 (PDF)
- Ted Weber and Karen Niesche, February 4, 2014 (PDF)
Morris A. Miller Distinguished Service Award
Individuals who have consistently performed community based work with emergency medical services, over a long period of time. Nominees could be practitioners, advocates, administrators, volunteers, educators, researchers, policymakers, or other community members or organizations whose long-standing contributions and performance should be recognized.
Please review the Morris A. Miller Awards Guidelines (PDF) for complete nomination and application process. All applications for the Morris A. Miller Awards must be submitted to the Scott County Public Health Department.
Submission may be sent by fax, email, or U.S. mail.