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Stewart receives state honor

An Islandton resident has received a state award, recognizing her for being an outstanding paramedic and first responder in the emergency service industry.
Angie Stewart is a volunteer first responder and paramedic with Colleton County Fire-Rescue, the countywide rescue and emergency services agency for Colleton County. She also works full-time with Beaufort County EMS.
Stewart, 52, is a Walterboro native and is a current resident of Islandton.
She has served as a paramedic and emergency services responder for the last 26 years, and has been a part of Colleton County Fire-Rescue since August of 2018.
Earlier this month, she received her state award at a symposium, held in Myrtle Beach. Her husband was able to present her with the award: he is also a paramedic and works for the State of South Carolina as an inspector.
“It means a lot to me,” she said, of receiving the state honor. “And it meant even more to have my husband give the award to me.”
In addition to her emergency response duties, Stewart is also an active volunteer with a statewide first responder assistance and support team called FAST. This team provides emotional support and training for first responders who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She says first-responders suffer from a high suicide rate, and the goal of this support team is to educate those who have the disease and help them to cope with it.
“I believe I received this award because of my volunteer work with this group, and that is also why this award means so much to me, because of what we get to do in our community,” she said.
The program is a state-supported and statewide program that allows first responders to support other first responders, she said. “The fact that we are able to get the help that is necessary to first responders who are the first on the scene to difficult calls, that’s personally rewarding,” said Stewart. “I know there is hope for growth, to come out of this disorder.”
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Director/Chief Barry McRoy was also at the symposium and helped to honor Stewart.
“Stewart edged out many other candidates in the statewide competition,” said McRoy. “In addition to her regular duties, Angie heads up the Lowcountry FAST Team who provides care and support to other state first responders … All of us at Colleton County Fire-Rescue are proud of her accomplishment.”

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