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Date published: 5/18/2014

National EMS Week honors rescue workers

Emergency providers across the U.S. will recognize National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 18-24.

This special week celebrates the legions of medical/EMS personnel, both nationally and in our own community, who work on the front lines to treat people in their time of need wherever they live, work and play.

The 2014 theme is "EMS: Dedicated. For Life." This emphasizes the 24/7, year-round commitment of the emergency workers and paramedics who provide high-quality, pre-hospital care.

In his proclamation of EMS Week in 2013, President Obama issued a tribute that resonates this year as well: "When Americans find themselves in times of crisis--from car accidents to national tragedies--our robust network of EMS professionals ensures that quality medical care is only moments away. This week, let us recommit to supporting EMS personnel and thanking them for their heroic contributions to our lives."

For everyone in this unique brotherhood and sisterhood, EMS is not a job, it's a lifelong calling.

Here at Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue, we have almost 90 life members, many of whom have served for more than 10 years and are still actively involved in the organization to pass along their extensive knowledge to the next generation.

We have members at all ages and stages of life, from teens to senior citizens.

Also, Chancellor is proud to have some multigenerational family members. Take the Padgett family, for example: Robert Sr. is a life member and vice president; his wife, Mary, is a life member and current secretary; son Robert Jr. is a firefighter; and daughter-in-law Cheryl is an EMT.

This week, celebrate National EMS Week by thanking an EMS provider at a fire station, a rescue squad, a hos-pital, a medical transport service, a police station or at any first responder organization--because they are everyday heroes who are dedicated to helping others, for life.

Kevin Dillard

Spotsylvania

The writer is administrative chief for Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue.