Na­tional EMS Week May 21-27

Catron Courier - - News - by Sher Brown

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.

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