A doctor who has trained thousands of officers and emergency services personnel has been named the New York State EMS Physician of Excellence for 2016, the department announced Wednesday.
Dr. Scott Coyne is the first Suffolk County police physician to receive the award, which is presented annually by the state Department of Health and the state EMS Council to “a physician who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and experience in the pre-hospital environment,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said in a news release.
Coyne, SCPD’s chief surgeon and medical director, joined the SCPD in 1992 and in 2008 created the police department’s medical crisis action team, or MEDCAT, made up of officers trained as advanced life support paramedics or critical care EMTs, officials said.
Just last year, Coyne received the Suffolk Regional Emergency Services Council Physician of Excellence Award. Coyne and three MEDCAT officers also received the International Association of Chiefs of Police Lifesaving Award in 2015 — that for helping save the life of Det. Nicholas Guerrero, who had suffered a severe head injury after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 2014.
Coyne was instrumental in developing the county’s Narcan program addressing the epidemic of heroin and opiate overdoses. Police said that since implementation of the program, officers have administered Narcan more than 650 times to reverse the effects of opiate overdoses.
He has trained thousands of officers and fire/EMS personnel “in procedures for response to high risk operations such as active shooter situations, and has equipped all patrol officers with combat tourniquets to effectively respond to such incidents,” according to the news release.
Last year, Coyne also introduced a public education program designed to “heighten awareness and treatment of victims” from opiate overdoses and abuse called The Ugly Truth.
That program is presented in school districts and community meetings throughout the county, officials said.
Coyne was selected for the honor from a field of physician candidates from all 67 counties in New York.
“The Suffolk County Police Department is fortunate to count among its assets the expertise and knowledge of Dr. Scott Coyne,” Sini said in a statement. “Since his start with the department, Dr. Coyne has facilitated the implementation of lifesaving programs that have helped improve the safety and well-being of Suffolk residents.”