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  • Writer's pictureRaye Elaine, BCPA

National Emergency Medical Services Week May 16 - 22, 2021

This week we celebrate and offer our gratitude to our Emergency Services providers. This is especially close to my heart as someone who was married to a paramedic/critical care flight nurse and with two EMT's in the family. (I just learned of this or I would have posted sooner)

EMS Week is a perfect time to honor those frontline heroes dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves so many lives every day.

"THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities." This theme is particularly meaningful now, to remind people that every day we are still there to respond, support, and care for the needs of our communities. We send our best wishes for the constant safety and good health of all EMS personnel on the first lines who continue to take care of our communities."

These men and women risk their lives for us, not just during this pandemic but on a daily basis, risking dangerous situations, sacrificing special days with their families, enduring sleepless nights. Let us give gratitude to their families and loved ones as well. So offer up a prayer, thank a paramedic when you see them, many of them are firefighters as well. Post a message, make a donation.

There will be a memorial happening "to remember and honor those emergency medical services personnel who have died in the line of duty and to recognize the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their fellow man." The livestream link will be posted on the website soon.

In Deep Gratitude to All Our EMS Heroes, and especially my family members and former husband, Kent Shipherd Firefighter/EMT, Olivia Shipherd, soon to be EMT, and Greg Taylor, MSRN critical care flight nurse.

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