Last week was celebrated across the country as National Emergency Medical Service Week 2013.
The week was set aside for paramedics and emergency medical technicians to be recognized for their dedication nationwide. EMS week began on May 19.
Bradley County EMS has been kept busy so far with activities recognizing their service. On Friday, Erlanger Medical Center had an event to kick off EMS week where Bradley County EMTs and paramedics were presented with a plaque congratulating them for winning the fifth annual Star of Life Award. Representatives from surrounding EMS agencies attended the celebration and luncheon held at the Lifeforce helicopter hangar at Erlanger.
BCEMS Chief Danny Lawson had a Bradley County EMS employee appreciation cookout Wednesday at the ambulance station on Paul Huff Parkway.
Jade Lockhart is a paramedic with Bradley County and owns Lockhart’s Fire and Smoke Catering. He grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixings for everyone to enjoy.
EMS employees on duty and off duty and their families enjoyed the fellowship and good food.
“We have some of the best trained paramedics and EMTs in the state. Their service to their patients routinely exemplifies what it means to be that caring responder that meets the needs of a patient.” said Lawson.
The week concluded for Bradley County as award recipients will travel to Nashville to walk across the stage to be recognized as the Tennessee Region 3 winner of the Star of Life Award presented by the Tennessee Emergency Services for Children. This is the fourth time that Bradley County has won this prestigious award since it began five years ago.
“We always have some great competition from other agencies in Region 3. We are proud to have been the winners four out of the five times since it began. This is a great honor not only for our service but for Cleveland and Bradley County,” said Stan Clark, information officer for BCEMS.