It's national EMS day today and National EMS week this week

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

It's national EMS week.  In fact, National EMS week is celebrating it's 40th birthday this year.  It began in 1974 under President Ford.  A brief history on the subject. I'd like to urge you to thank those who aid us in our darkest times.  When you dial 9-1-1 you are generally in need and no matter the circumstances they arrive.

I also urge you to reach and out and do something nice for someone that you know in that line of work this week.  They are often under-paid, have long hours, physically demanding jobs and face death on a regular basis and are many times the ones who have to express sorry for the loss of a loved one to family.

If you follow my blog you will know that my daughter is a paramedic.  She's just 26 years old and I've known that medical emergencies was her calling since she was a little girl.  It took her a bit longer.  She headed off the college the summer of 2006 telling me she was going to be a "sports trainer".  I just said "yeah, right" and sent money to college every semester.  As she closed in on the end of her college career I got a phone call.  She was headed from college to EMT school.  And as soon as she was a Nationally registered EMT who was gainfully employeed she was right back in school to become a paramedic.  She's also taken additional classes to be certificed to teach advanced stroke support classes to other EMTs and Paramedics. She just went back and got her degree and will be applying to medical school this summer.

In a few years Abigail may be a doctor, but I can tell you that I've learned a great deal about what EMTs and Paramedics and first responders go through and that the "work family" she has had for the past 5 years will ALWAYS be family to her.

When she was a child she loved to watch Rescue 911 hosted by William Shatner.  In fact I am sure she could sit down and watch the re-runs right now and tell you how each episode would turn out. She played "CPR" instead of dress up with her dolls. She loved to visit my uncle Eugene at the fire department and even got to take the occassional ride in the fire truck. In her "spare" time she's also gotten her firefighter certification as well.  

Two years ago when one of her coworkers was struck by a car, he said "Abi was one of the ones I would have wanted to have come save me".  Her job is incredibly difficult and at times truly heartbreaking.  She loves to beat the grim reaper and still sheds tears at the loss of life. She was recently awarded a state "trauma code save" award for helping to save the life of someone with a less than 10% chance of survival. I know she's doing what she was meant to do in this world.  She's saving lives. 

She has to work holidays, she has to stand outside in the rain, the heat, the cold and she has to think and re-act with rapid speed.  Can you tell I'm a very proud mom? So thank you to my Abigail who has chosen a path in the life to save others. I love her with all my heart and I know this world is a better, safer place with her in it.

Today in National EMS day, this is National EMS week.  Make a difference in the life of a hero who makes a difference in the lives of families in crisis every single day on the job.

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Chris Ann Cleland
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There was a point in my life where I wanted to be an EMS worker.  It was the fork in the road, and I chose to go a different path.  I so admire the folks who do the work and help others at their worst moments without a second thought.  

May 20, 2015 03:18 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland it never crossed my mind for a fleeting second, but I too admire them. And I've come to think of many in the business as family because I know they have Abigail's back at work when they go into dangerous situations. I mean you go to pick up a shooting victim or a stabbing victim and clearly the aslant doesn't want them to survive and they usually haven't been caught yet. And she works in a city where it's pretty common.

May 20, 2015 03:24 AM #2
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It still crosses my mind every time I pass the volunteer fire department three blocks from my home and see the call for volunteers.

May 20, 2015 04:09 AM #3
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Hi Tammy   You have every right to be proud of your daughter Abigail, she sounds like a very caring and giving young lady    I'm very grateful to all the EMS workers and volunteers.  Your right, when you need them they always come.  Thank you for sharing and I hope your having a great day

May 20, 2015 04:59 AM #4
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Tammy-Your daughter is an amazing human being and you are so right. This world is a much better place with her in it.

May 20, 2015 05:52 AM #5
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I am sure you are very proud of Abigail and her work Tammy. Cheers to all the people who are emergency workers in some way.

May 20, 2015 07:02 AM #6
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I admire anyone that goes into this field. They are true heros that are often overlooked. I bet you are one proud mommy!

May 20, 2015 10:47 AM #7
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Good morning Tammy. Nice shout out for National EMS week, you are so right about all the good work they do, often at times of need. We always honor them and their commitment.

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As you probably know, I play Ingress. So I stopped by the Sacramento Fire Station and upgraded my resonators, deployed a few MODs and hacked the portal, so my job here is done.

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Hello Tammy ... great post, congrats to Abigail and you must be very proud of your daughter 

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