Former Lombard Fire chief honored

Ever since Mike Kalina attended the second EMS class ever offered in the state of Illinois, he has been a leader within Emergency Medical Services. As a result of his dedication to the advancement of pre-hospital medicine, Kalina received the 5th annual Earl Field Leadership Award from the Good Samaritan Emergency Medicine Services System (EMSS).

For 34 years, Kalina worked for the Lombard Fire Department where he rose in the ranks from paramedic to EMS Coordinator and eventually chief. Regardless of his title, he remained actively involved with the Good Samaritan EMSS. From the time the system was created 32 years ago until he retired, Kalina was involved in educating and supporting fellow EMS workers, volunteering on committees and ensuring that EMS providers were equipped to provide the best possible care.

“I have worked with Mike since he was just a paramedic 30 years ago,” said Dr. Valerie Philips, medical director of the Good Samaritan Emergency Medicine Services System and emergency medicine physician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. “He was always there for anything we asked and has worked to ensure that the system is at the forefront of frontline medical care. He has an amazing dedication to EMS.”

The Earl Field Leadership Award was given during the Good Samaritan EMS Awards Ceremony, which was held May 21 at the hospital in celebration of National Emergency Medical Services Week. Good Samaritan Hospital is the only Level I trauma center in DuPage County.