Dr. Charles Gillespie was the recipient of the 2012 Service to Mankind Award from the Albany and Past Presidents Sertoma Clubs in Albany Tuesday.
ALBANY, Ga. — Charles Gillespie, M.D., wrote, “I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind,” when he created the Emergency Medical Techicians oath and prayer while developing what was to become the first local and statewide EMS programs starting in 1972 under then Gov. Jimmy Carter.
Gillespie, 76, who began practicing orthopedic surgery in Albany in 1966 and retired in 1997, was the 2012 Sertoma Service to Mankind Award Honoree during a dinner and award presentation at a club member’s northwest Albany home Tuesday night.
The award recognizes individuals for outstanding volunteer community service.
“I’m very privileged to win this award this year because it expands my interest in benefitting mankind and represents some of the work I’ve done,” said Gillespie, after accepting his award.
President of the Albany Past Presidents Sertoma Club David Prisant presented the award saying, “Dr. Charlie Gillespie’s numerous contributions to medical and non-medical organizations have garnered him the highest awards and honors that can be bestowed upon a individual.
“And I think that even Dr. Gillespie would agree that of all the awards and commendations that have come his way, the shining star of his work has been centered around his being the driving force in the establishment of the Emergency Medical Service programs in Albany and throughout Georgia, which is the primary focus of why we have chosen to recognize him with our award.”
Over the years Gillespie has served with a variety of organizations including the Georgia Department of Human Resouces Emergency Health Services Adviory Council and Medical Directors Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, EMS Consultant, Georgia E.M.T. Committee, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, State EMS representative.
Gillespie has also received numerous awards such as the Georgia EMS Worker of the Year Award, Southwest Georgia E.M.S. Directors’ Appreciation Award, Dougherty County EMS Service Award, and Georgia EMS Directors First Annual John B. O’Neal EMS Pioneer Award.
Albany Technical College’s Charles B. Gillespie, M.D. First Responder Training Center building was recently named in his honor.
Gillespie is also an accomplished photogrpher who enjoys traveling and has visited more than 60 countries and every continent except Antarctica.
“Clearly, Charlie Gillespie is a man of many talents who believes it is important to make a positive difference wherever he can,” Prisant said. “His record of accomplishment and service to mankind will be felt in this community and throughout Georgia for years to come.”
Gillespie and his wife, Carolyn, have two children and two grandchildren.