In honoring Peters, the group presented a brief history of Peters's contributions beginning in 1967, when he began working as a dispatcher in theDavis County Sheriff's Office.
Since, he has served in virtually every capacity as a law enforcement officer--as a deputy, an emergency medical technician, a paramedic and as chief deputy in the Davis County Sheriff's Office.
However, those giving the award said that what truly distinguishes Peters is his emergency medical services career.
He was one of Utah's first 200 EMTs to be certified and receive IV certification. He was in the third Paramedic Class offered at Weber State College. He was also instrumental in establishing the paramedic program for Davis County Sheriff's Office, which at that time, was one of only four such law enforcement paramedic programs in the nation.
In 1978, Peters assumed supervision of all ambulance services in North Davis County and supervised the initiation of the first county-wide 9-1-1 system. Along with his numerous other commitments, he instructed EMT, advanced cardiac life support, and first responder courses statewide.
During that time, he assisted in the development of the original "Emergency Medical Dispatch Course" in cooperation with the Bureau of EMS and Dr. Jeff Clawson. He has traveled extensively teaching and promoting the Emergency Medical Dispatch program, and is recognized nationally as an expert in telecommunications and medical dispatch priority systems.
In 1979, he became one of the first six paramedics to be hired by AirMed. He flew more than 400 missions in six years before a promotion at the Sheriff's Office required him to resign. After retiring from the Sheriff's Office, Peters rejoined AirMed as a dispatcher.
In practically every aspect of EMS and Public Service, Peters has more than 30 years of combined experience.