National EMS Week May 21-27
The life of a rural volunteer EMT is much different than that of an EMT in a paid service. In a paid service, the EMT goes to work, responds to calls while they’re on shift and goes home— just like everybody else in the working world. Volunteers give up their free time, and sometimes take off work, to help their neighbors in need. Ambulance runs can often last five or six hours because of distances to hospitals. Often, we are giving aid to friends and family which adds an extra layer of stress. To be a volunteer EMT, you really have to want to do it.
May 21-27, 2017 is National EMT Week, and I want all of you volunteer EMTs and ambulance drivers to know I appreciate you.
I appreciate the long hours you’ve had to give to your education to become an EMT, and all the hours of continuing education you go through to maintain your license. I appreciate all the sacrifices you’ve made over the years—the missed holiday dinners, the times you missed your kid’s sporting event or school play, the parties you’ve had to leave, the projects that have been put on hold, the plans that have been cancelled, and the many nights of sleep you’ve missed. I appreciate all the times you’ve had to hold it together to keep working on your relative or your best friend. I ap-
preciate the fact that you’re by my side when we’re in the thick of it. I’m glad to know that you’ll be there when the time comes that I’ll need you for my own emergency.
So, thank you Quemado Fire and EMS: EMTs Lorna Goforth, Tim Goforth, Chas Angelus, Jared Westbrook, Sean Nebblett, Bill Lund and Drivers Gene Brown, Tawanna Leyba, Laura Brush, Mike Bennett, Tony Cardenas, and Jerry Armstrong. Thank you, Pie Town Fire: EMTs Penny Carroll, Justin Carroll, John Holtermann, Shannon Donnelly; drivers Sam Palahnuk, Megan Bartasevich, Jay Carroll, and Frank Gray. Thank you, Datil EMS: EMTs Eileen Dodds, Anita Hand, Anella Russo, Beverly Laude. Thank you, Horse Moun
tain Rescue: EMTs Shirley Edwards, Susan MacKenzie
Thank you, Luna Fire & EMS: EMTs Ann Marie Nicolds (who is also with Reserve), Robert Newport, Elena Gellert; drivers Sal Murrieta, Doris Polston, Diana Moyers, and Charlie Moyers. Thank you, Reserve/ Apache Creek EMS: EMTs Vicki Shriver, Heather Hardy, Izzy Hardy, Don Weaver,
Jacob Shriver, Debbie Lang, Tamara Menges, Dave Stultz, Ashley Gordon, Melissa DeWitt, Craig Lang, David Shriver; drivers Mike Shriver, Jim Dunham, and Charles Polina. Thank you, Glenwood EMS: EMTs Sharon Beaty, Alan Beaty, Tamra Manning, Gianna Palmer, Lance Huff, Steve Haury, Sibyl Martinez; driver Leanne Bartlett. Thank you Dr. Nebblett and
Dr. Nealy for being our medical directors.
And thank you to all the EMTs and ambulance drivers who have given their service in the past. I don’t know who most of you are, but I’m glad you were out there before me, marking the way. If you see one of these people this month, please let them know you appreciate them.