Talbot woman is state's EMS Provider of the Year By: VICKI FISHER , Staff Writer 05/24/2004 MARGARET STEIN EASTON - A Talbot County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedic was honored Monday for being named Maryland EMS Provider of the Year. Margaret Stein, who has been a Talbot County EMS paramedic for nearly four years and an Oxford Volunteer Fire Company ambulance captain for eight, has volunteered her free time organizing and training people for Talbot County's Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), or Operation Save Heart, program. "I was completely surprised," said Stein. "I had no idea." Mark Cummings, Talbot County EMS director, said he nominated Stein for the award for her ongoing efforts as a paramedic who consistently works on related projects in her free time. "I feel great for her, both personally and professionally," he said. "So many deserving people go unrecognized and this time they chose the right person." Cummings described Stein as the backbone of the defibrillator program. Stein has worked in her spare time to do 80 percent of the training involved in the AED program, Cummings said. The AED program distributes 140 defibrillators in public places throughout the county. Stein has done all of the record keeping for the program and also has taught CPR to many of the defibrillator recipients. She also was responsible for recording and accounting at Winterfest, the statewide EMS conference on Tilghman Island, said Cummings. Complete story appears in the print version.