Our County: State award points to impact of county’s EMS
by D. Gary Davis
Jun 17, 2014 | 570 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Emergency Medical Services has once again won the most prestigious award in the state of Tennessee.

In the six years that the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children has recognized pre-hospital and lifesaving efforts of every Emergency Medical Services organization across the eight districts of our great state, Bradley County has won the winning trophy for five of those six years.

Many quotes have been penned across the centuries to try to describe life as we know it. Some include:

1. “There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

2. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” — Allen Saunders

3. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” — Robert Frost

4. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” — Nicholas Sparks

But all of these are dependent on one aspect, that we live.

Our region is blessed with a vast array of professionals who work together to help give the best care humanly possible to recover from traumatic illnesses, diseases or accidents. There have been articles in the Cleveland Daily Banner and other publications concerning the teamwork present with 911 dispatchers, Bradley County Fire and Rescue, Erlanger Lifeforce and Bradley County Emergency Medical Services professionals.

These dedicated professionals, working together, were able to help Jeffery Hussey after he struck an SUV while riding his bike down a steep hill. This accident resulted in a serious head injury. The prayers of many and the dedication of our team of professionals once again gave this young man and his family another chapter in this gift called life.

And while it is important and necessary to have the best equipment and framework in place, all of this really is worthless without the talented personnel and those who have devoted their life to helping and saving others, on a daily basis.

Our community stands together in a unified voice as we say thank you to all the professionals involved in this award and recognition of excellence of care for five straight years as being named the best in the state of Tennessee — for not only answering the call, dispatching the correct people and equipment, evaluating the need, stabilizing those in need, arranging transport and giving pre-arrival evaluations to those who would be caring for Mr. Hussey upon his arrival. But for doing this same level of service to any and all who may be in need then, now and at any day in the future.

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

This is a life quote that seems to have so many authors that no one can actually claim ownership of the original words, but I think it best describes those who work each day in Bradley County to help others who find themselves in need of the best in emergency medical services.

Please join with me in thanking them and letting them know we appreciate their service. Each of them personally and their service are yet another reason that I like to say Bradley County is Tennessee at its best!