This week saw the end of an era. After 28 years of service Paramedic Captain Ed Bevers retired from duty. Captain Bevers joined the Platte Valley Ambulance Service team in September of 1990 after moving to Colorado from Oklahoma – where he served as a police officer/paramedic for several years prior.
After his first year with PVAS, Ed was given supervisory responsibilities and has served in this crucial capacity ever since! Ed has spent most of his career serving and leading on B-shift. His people will tell you that Captain Bevers ran tight ship by insisting on only several simple rules:
1. Wear your uniform correctly
2. Run your calls correctly
3. Complete your paperwork correctly
Ed was the father figure on his shift and steadfastly advocated for and protected his crew – while they worked hard to advocate for their patients.
During his tenure, Captain Bevers has been a part of many changes – moving from a combination to an all career organization, becoming a department of the hospital, changes in equipment, vehicles, protocols, guidelines and chain of command (to name a few). He has run many calls, mentored many people and made many challenging and difficult decisions. Ed worked on the front lines and behind the scenes to continuously improve our service delivery.
Captain Bevers will always be a part of Platte Valley and we sincerely hope that he will stop by every now and then to check up on us!