Svend Pedersen, EMT, Awarded Rotary Four Way Test Award

Svend Petersen receives the Four-Way Test Award. From left to right: Centre LifeLink Executive Director, Scott Rawson, Svend Petersen, Sunrise Rotary Four-Way Test Award Coordinator, Lam Hood

Centre LifeLink EMT and Crew Leader, Svend Pedersen has been awarded the State College Rotary’s Four Way Test Award for 2021

The Four-Way Test Award, presented to local emergency service and medical volunteers, recognizes local volunteers within the State College area whose daily volunteer activities epitomize the “Four-Way Test”.

The “Four-Way Test” encompasses a test of the things we think, say or do, and include:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

From October 2020- July 2021, Svend volunteered 1,825 hours (an average of 182.5 hours per month), while responding to 474 ambulance calls in only 10 months.

Svend is also an active volunteer and Safety and Health Officer for Alpha Fire Company and was the Alpha Fire Co recipient of the 4-Way Test Award two years ago.

Svend served in the US Navy from 1981 to 2005 and retired from active service as a Commander/Naval Flight Officer.

He then worked for Penn State in the Department of Food Science as a Graduate Program Coordinator, retiring on April 30, 2020.

Svend spreads enthusiasm about our organization and exemplified the spirit of the Four-Way Test.

2020 Service Awards

2020 Service Awards

500 Calls Award

Matt Burnheimer, 533

Tom Dillman, 527

Stephen Lageman, 537

Alex Lieberman, 524

Scott Packer, 531

John Surkovic, 517


Most Calls Part-Time EMS

Cassandra Lageman, 425

Chad Richard, 288

Gary Stead, 157


Most Calls Full-Time EMS

Stephen Lagemen, 537

Matt Burnheimer, 533

Scott Packer, 531


Most Calls Volunteer

Noah Al Mohannadi, 263

Peter Takac, 234

Svend Pedersen, 121


Most Hours Volunteer

Peter Takac, 913

Noah Al Mohannadi, 606

Svend Pedersen, 446


Van Attendant of the Year






Tom Dillman


EMT of the Year






Brandon McMinn


Paramedic of the Year






Matt Burnheimer






Stephen Lageman


Volunteer of the Year

Noah Al Mohannadi

2021 Centre LifeLink Membership Drive Underway

State College, PA- The 2021 Centre LifeLink membership campaign is officially under way. Each fall, Centre Region residents are encouraged to enroll as a Centre LifeLink member, ensuring them that they will have no out-of-pocket expenses for unlimited emergency ambulance service provided by Centre LifeLink EMS. Memberships are available beginning this week and residents in Centre LifeLink’s coverage area will receive a membership brochure with information on how to participate.

Members can save an average of $800 for basic life support calls and more than $1,500 for advanced life support paramedic service — these are the average costs nonmembers pay. Individual memberships cost $55 and family memberships cost $75 for a one-year period beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Funds raised through the 2021 Membership campaign will help Centre LifeLink offset the cost of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Centre LifeLink has been experiencing record-low call volumes that have financially impacted operations. LifeLink has also incurred the unexpected expense of purchasing the appropriate personal protective equipment and supplies for crew members. Centre LifeLink does not receive any tax-support for its operations.

Residents of the Centre Region will receive 2021 membership brochures in the mail this week, and registration is also open online at

Centre LifeLink ambulances are now equipped with sensory kits

Centre LifeLink Ambulances Equipped with Sensory Kits for Patients with Autism or Sensory Issues

Centre LifeLink ambulances are now equipped with sensory kits for transporting individuals with Autism or other sensory issues. The kits were assembled and donated by the Students In Action team at PA Cyber in State College.

The Students In Action team started the project in the spring of 2020 and raised $220 to purchase all of the supplies for the kits. The kits include items such as emotion charts, stress balls, noise cancelling earmuffs, and more.

Centre LifeLink EMS staff will be educated on sensory disorders and autism spectrum disorders and how to successfully use the kits with patients who will benefit from them.

Thank you to the Students in Action team at PA Cyber Charter School—what a wonderful project!

ems week

Centre LifeLink EMS Celebrates National EMS Week

National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week kicked off on May 17 and runs through May 23. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services on medicine’s front-line.

Centre LifeLink EMS provides emergency care to over 80,000 residents of the Centre Region area and has continued to meet the “gold standard” of ambulance services, as defined by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, for over 20 years. We are one of only five services in the state of Pennsylvania to hold this accreditation.

This week at Centre LifeLink, we celebrate our staff and volunteers who responded to 6,336 ambulance calls in 2019, as well as 1,188 non-emergency van trips, for an average of 21 calls per day. Additionally, our volunteers contributed over 9,000 volunteer hours in 2019.

This year’s EMS Week theme is “Ready today. Preparing for tomorrow.” This theme is particularly meaningful now as we see the EMS community supporting those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, all while responding to the everyday emergencies that continue to occur in our community.

Centre LifeLink EMS is proud of the dedication and commitment our staff and volunteers show our community and patients each day. While we won’t be hosting any public gatherings to acknowledge these men and women during EMS Week, we encourage our community members to join us in thanking our paramedics, EMTs, and non-emergency transport staff for all that they do.

Centre LifeLink Annual Award Recipients

Centre LifeLink Annual Award Recipients

Since our Annual Awards Banquet has been postponed due to the pandemic, Executive Director Scott Rawson announced our 2019 Annual Award recipients at the monthly staff meeting. Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work. We hope to acknowledge everyone in-person, eventually. Here are the award recipients:

Years of Service Awards

5 Years:

Brian Atherton

Susan Berbec

Bradley Harlos

10 Years:

Ryan Etzel

15 Years:

Nathan Shadle


2019 Awards

4th Most Hours: Tom Masullo, 386 hours

3rd Most Hours: Emily Barton, 495 hours

2nd Most Hours: Raegan Donohue, 541 hours

Most Volunteer Hours: Noah Al Mohannadi, 1,217 hours


3rd Most Calls: Emily Barton, 119 calls

2nd Most Calls: Raegan Donohue, 149 calls

Most Volunteer Calls: Noah Al Mohannadi, 436 calls


EMS Educator of the Year: Hilary Anderson

Tactical Medic of the Year: Kent Knable

Van Driver of the Year: Thomas Dillman

Career Paramedic of the Year: Matthew Burnheimer

Career EMT of the Year: Cassandra Lageman

Volunteer of the Year: Emily Barton

Centre LifeLink EMS Urges Community Members to Seek Medical Care When Needed

Centre LifeLink EMS urges community members to seek medical care when needed, amidst pandemic. We are encountering an increasing number of patients who have delayed seeking medical attention in efforts to stay at home, and as a result, are severely-ill, if not dying, unnecessarily. This is a statement from Centre LifeLink’s Medical Director, Dr. Cliff Neal on the matter: 

“No question about it, this is a difficult time. The COVID-19 pandemic is of a caliber that few of us have ever experienced.  Media information is contradictory and conflicts in suggested medical management of the disease are frequent.   In Pennsylvania, we have lost over 1,600 lives to COVID-19 related illness. In Centre County, our local hospital has prepared and is ready to manage this pandemic. They are using the most up to date treatments and prevention control.  As a result, we have only seen two deaths related to COVID-19.   We should, however, not become complacent.  This is a disease to be reckoned with, and people are frightened.  That is human nature, and it’s okay to be scared.

The encouraging news is that Pennsylvanians have done our part. Through social distancing and isolation, we have accomplished flattening an otherwise ominous curve.  Statistically, as of April 18, we have shown some stability, and hopefully are entering a recovery stage.

Through all of this, we are unfortunately finding our patients waiting too long to call for help; many becoming seriously ill, and some needlessly dying as a result. Serious infection, heart attacks, strokes, medical and traumatic emergencies are still occurring. We understand that you have been told to stay home, and thankfully most of you have.  If you have mild illness, this is still the best plan. However, if you are seriously ill, or have a condition which needs further care, we are here to help.  Please do not hesitate to call your primary care provider or 911.”

We Need Your Support

We Need Your Support

Many community members have reached out to us over the past weeks asking how they can support Centre LifeLink EMS and our staff during this challenging time. From donations of N95 masks, to food and coffee for our crews, the outpour of support we have received is remarkable.

Another way you can support Centre LifeLink is through our annual Membership Campaign, or by making a tax-deductible donation. These funds will help us to offset the costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently experiencing low call volumes that will financially impact our operations down the road. We have also incurred the unexpected expense of purchasing the appropriate protective supplies and equipment for our crew members.


Memberships are available for $55/individual and $75/family, per calendar year, online here, or by phone at (814)237-8163. Members receive unlimited 911 emergency medical services, provided by Centre LifeLink EMS. After any available insurance is billed, you will not be responsible for any co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses.


Tax-deductible donations may be made online at here, or by mail:

Centre LifeLink EMS
PO Box 272

State College, PA 16804

We are also accepting donations of N95 masks. Please call (814)237-8163 or email to coordinate.

We are continuously inspired by the generosity of the community that we serve and thank you for your support.


A message about COVID-19

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak develops and officials learn more about the virus, Centre LifeLink EMS is participating in daily calls and meetings internally and externally to remain informed and prepared based on the most current information and guidance provided by state and federal officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Department of Health.  Our main focus is to ensure we meet our patient’s needs while doing our part to keep our employees and our communities safe.

What do to if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, call your doctor. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your doctor for medical advice.

If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

When to call 911

As always, Centre LifeLink EMS remains dedicated to being here for our community members when you experience an emergency.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatcher that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

Please note that if you call 911 with possible COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. shortness of breath), they will ask you a series of questions so that our staff can take precautionary measures.

If you are transported to the hospital via one of our ambulances,  please be aware that we are suspending allowing most non-patients from riding in our ambulances. Only ONE parent of a minor patient (or other legal guardian/responsible individual) will be permitted to ride with us to the hospital.

All other individuals will need to arrange their own transportation to the hospital.

Who is most at risk?

Older adults and people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk, you should:

Keep your distance from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often

Keep two weeks’ worth of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other medical supplies, groceries and household goods on hand

Stay at home and practice “social distancing” to reduce your risk of exposure

What you can do

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Stay at least 3 feet away from individuals who are coughing and sneezing

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Stay home, other than for medical appointments, if you are sick

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

As we continue to monitor this situation, Centre LifeLink EMS will communicate any updates in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at

2020 State Patty’s Numbers

March 2, 2020—Centre LifeLink EMS staff saw a slight increase in call volume over the State Patty’s weekend; but there was a decrease in alcohol-related calls.

Centre LifeLink was dispatched to 49 calls between 6:00 pm Friday evening, through 12:00 am Sunday morning. Approximately 57% of these calls were alcohol related, meaning that the patient had overdosed on alcohol or had suffered some other illness or injury that was related to alcohol consumption.

For comparison, in 2019 Centre LifeLink responded to 34 total calls, of which 75% were alcohol related on State Patty’s weekend.