Here’s another “Hometown Boy Makes Good” story.

The “boy:” Dr. John Lyng.

His town: Mayville, N.D.

This “boy” now is a doctor who won a high honor back in 2017: the President’s Award for Exemplary Service from the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians.

John is the son of Merwin and Myrna Lyng, Mayville. His mother sent his story to Neighbors.

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He graduated from Mayville State University, then, in 2005, from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Following his emergency medical residency and a fellowship year at State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., he joined the staff at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, Minn., as an emergency physician and lead physician for the pediatric emergency department.

In 2011, John joined the staff at North Memorial, a Level I trauma center in Robbinsdale, Minn.,

where he now is the medical director for North Memorial Ambulance and Air Care and an emergency physician.

He and his wife Megan live in Minnetonka, Minn., with their children Evelyn, 4; Elliot, 2; and Ingrid, who was born last August.

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Accomplishments galore

This guy John has racked up a ton of experiences and honors.

He was a leader in the effort to get an emergency medicine interest group established at the UND medical school.

While at the SUNY medical university, he and other volunteers went to the island of St. Lucia where they worked with the staff at a hospital. There, John saw the need for an ambulance and worked to procure and equip one. He actually drove the filled-to-the-gunnels rig to Miami, where it was shipped to St. Lucia. Later he did this again with a second ambulance.

Some time later, he was asked to go to St. Lucia for a belated turning over the keys ceremony which included a blessing by a bishop.

John also went to Australia to work with officials to set up a reciprocal relationship between a hospital there and SUNY Upstate. He also went with Upstate colleagues to China in 2009 to help train Chinese emergency medical trainees.

He is a medical officer on the Minnesota-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which was deployed to New York City in 2012 for more than two weeks to work on countering the effects of Hurricane Sandy. And in 2015, he was part of a team which went to Kuwait to assess and make recommendations to improve its trauma and emergency medical system.

While at North Memorial in Robbinsdale, he became involved in a drug-abuse prevention program. For this, he was given the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015 in recognition of his dedication to drug-abuse prevention and his partnership with the sheriff’s office.

Well, the list of John’s achievements and honors goes on and on. But perhaps they were topped when he won that National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians award for “outstanding contributions to prehospital emergency care” and for “his dedication and commitment to the development of quality standards and practice for prehospital medicine.”

And besides all this, John and Megan have given Merwin and Myrna three grandchildren.

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