National EMS Week celebrates life saving contributions to the community

By Amber Schumacher 

Staff Reporter 

EDGEMONT – During an open house event held at the Edgemont Ambulance Shed on May 21, Gay Darrow was recognized for her 32 years of service as a Volunteer EMT. This open house event was held in conjunction with the 44th Annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week. 

Also honored at the open house was the newest member to the crew, Bill Kreutzer, who will serve as a First Responder and help alleviate the pressure of having only one EMS member. 

Over 40 community members attended Monday night’s open house event where burgers, hot dogs and cake were served. Lifelong friend of Darrow’s, Jane Ann Henderson baked and decorated the cake for momentous occasion. 

According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

Website, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week in 1974 as a way to celebrate EMS Practitioners and the “important work they do in our nation’s communities.” The goal of NAEMT and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), who work together to lead the annual EMS Week activities, have made it their goal to ensure that the vital contributions of EMS practitioners are fully celebrated and recognized across the nation. 

According to their website, “EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”  Whether celebrated with a company cookout or a catered lunch; an open house, an awards ceremony or even quiet reflection about what it means to be an EMS practitioner, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize EMS and all that its practitioners do for our nation.”

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