Shoreline native Chris Terpstra awarded COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal

Monday, September 26, 2022

Chris Terpstra awarded
Pandemic Civilian Service Medal
Shoreline native Chris Terpstra received the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal for exemplary service to the nation as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) during the federal medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Terpstra serves as a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).

NDMS is a federal program that can support communities with medical care, veterinary care, and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states.

NDMS is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Mr. Terpstra received the medal during the recent National Disaster Medical System Training Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The medal was awarded to approximately 1,400 NDMS responders under the authority of the U.S. Surgeon General who may authorize the issuance of the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal to civilians who deployed for 30 consecutive or 60 cumulative days to provide medical care to state, territory, tribal, and local partners.

“The COVID-19 pandemic strained our country’s health care system and medical personnel for almost three years,” said NDMS Director Michael Smith. 
“Mr. Terpstra and his NDMS colleagues served as a lifeline to hundreds of hospitals and long-term care facilities by providing temporary relief to staff, adding bed capacity, and improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients. This medal is reflective of [his/her] self-less commitment to the public health and medical needs of our residents.”

COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal
awarded to Chris Terpstra
Since the start of the pandemic, NDMS has conducted more than 1,800 support missions and deployed thousands of medical, logistical, and command and control personnel from NDMS to help nearly 50 states, territories, and jurisdictions respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Today, NDMS teams stand ready to provide medical surge support should a resurgence of COVID-19 occur this fall or winter. NDMS teams also remain on call to deploy after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire.

Chris attended Echo Lake Elementary, Einstein Middle School, and graduated from Shorewood High School in 1992. He is the son of Dennis and Gidget Terpstra of Shoreline. His wife Kristin Terpstra is an Engineer in Shoreline's Public Works department.

To learn more about HHS’ response to COVID-19, visit For more information about ASPR and NDMS, visit


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