Theresa Moscowitz, longtime paramedic, retires

Theresa Moscowitz, a 27-year veteran of the Mono County paramedic and firefighting world, retired Wednesday, Nov. 26 after being sent out on a call that turned out to be a mock call and instead became one big party, according to her husband, Mammoth Police Sgt. Mark Moscowitz.

“Far from being the dramatic call she had been sent to, she was surprised by several people hiding in Christy Hugelman’s horse trailer,” he said. T was then told that her shift was ending early and had turned into a party. Paramedic Captain Kevin Douda had already planned to cover the rest of her last shift. The group moved to the Terrell’s residence where T was presented with a shadow box from the Mono County Paramedic Rescue Association and a plaque from Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.

The party progressed to several homes and ended up at Slocums, he said.

T joined the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department in 1986 and rose to the rank of captain. She was the first female captain, received the coveted Chief’s Award, and was voted Firefighter of the Year in 1999, he said. T began working EMS in 1988, received her paramedic training at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood and with Inglewood Fire Department and in the years since, worked under the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and the Mono County Health Department.

She finished her career working for past 15 years at Medic 3 in Mammoth Lakes, he said.