Vernal was the site for a real life superhero gathering this weekend at the Uintah Basin Emergency Care Conference held at the Uintah Conference Center. There were over 200 emergency response and care professionals in attendance coming from as far as Cedar City, shares event committee member and Gold Cross Director Scott Adams. The two-day conference had a powerful start on Friday with opening keynote speaker Sgt. Jeff Clark from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Sgt. Clark gave a first-hand account of the October 1, 2017 Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino mass shooting. In addition to other featured speakers and special training, the conference kept the tradition of several competitions. The Gold Cross mens team won the Mega Code Challenge, keeping the traveling bed pan trophy within the Gold Cross family for the fourth year in a row. Demonstrating excellent teamwork, Lapoint Fire won the Fire Skills Challenge and, new this year, the Law Enforcement Challenge was won by the team from Uintah County Sheriff’s Office. Class topics during the conference included child abuse, cold water drownings, building mental resilience, and resuscitation practices, among many others. Also during the conference, the UBECC 2019 Kevin Orr Memorial Award was presented to Lori Speir, RN for Ashley Regional Medical Center ER.