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EMS: Courage And Compassion In Action

By Shawn Godfrey
08:00AM / Monday, May 21, 2007

Shawn Godfrey is a certified paramedic and the Village Ambulance Service [Williamstown, Mass.]operations manager.
Extraordinary People; Extraordinary Service

Yesterday marked the start of the 34th annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week which is celebrated May 20-26 this year.

The EMS Week theme for 2007 is "Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service." This motto acknowledges the extraordinary, and often overlooked, service being provided to the sick and injured every day. The phrase validates that EMS providers are not merely “ambulance drivers”, but are professionals dedicated to limiting patient suffering and saving lives, usually under difficult and challenging circumstances, while risking their own lives day after day to respond to the emergency medical needs of others.

The EMS system includes emergency medical technicians, paramedics, first responders, firefighters, police officers, emergency physicians, emergency nurses, and many others affiliated with emergency medical care. Whether unpaid volunteer or paid career, EMS members are mandated by state laws to undergo several hours of continuing education and specialized training to maintain and enhance their lifesaving knowledge and skills om a regular basis.

The weeklong calendar of events will include local and national activities to honor EMS providers and will aim at educating the public about health and safety issues, including injury prevention and basic emergency medical care.

Local ambulance services are no exception. For example, Village Ambulance Service is hosting an Open House and Health Forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 26 at their 30 Water St. headquarters in Williamstown. The goal of the open house is to allow the public to get a first-hand look at how their local EMS system functions as a vital part in the chain of survival, while the health forum will enable the community to learn about an array of other medical topics through staff discussion and hands-on interaction.

Thankfully, EMS is no longer looked at as simply a “ride” to the hospital. It has evolved into a highly sophisticated system with dedicated individuals who respond, often at the risk of their own safety, to help their fellow man.

Through annual endeavors like EMS Week, it is a chance for the health care industry to acknowledge the importance of emergency responders and recognize EMS as a resource beyond just a transport tool.

I personally thank each of you working in the emergency medical services arena. It is a comfort to know you are on duty every day and are prepared to assist me or my family during a medical emergency. Your courage and compassion serve as an inspiration to us all.
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Shawn....Great job on Paramedic of the year.I think for many years the EMS field has been over looked,but now people are starting to see that they are a vital step in saving lives. Keep up the good work,and never forget Mr. Gunther Swan


Congrats
Winnie
from: winnieon: 05-22 00:00:00-2007

Congrats Shawn on becoming Paramedic of the year, What a great accomplishment! :)
from: Missyon: 05-22 00:00:00-2007

I was hoping "Joe" (enter fake name) would expound on "insanity". I just wanted to thank each of you for all the support. It's not about the award(s), but merely my love for the trade. Is it "insane" that our vocation get some sort of recognition? Maybe one day Joe will need an ambulance...
from: Shawn Godfreyon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

This is insanity.
from: Joeon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

cograts on paramedic of the year bro!
from: bernieon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

Shawn, Congratulations on your award for Paramedic of the year. It is nice to know people like you are there when we need medical attention. My in-laws were just such people in South County. If it wasn't for the quick thinking of the EMT we could have lost my father in-law that night. KUDOS to you and everyone else on a job well done!!!!
from: Micheleon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

Thanks to all the emergency responders who work so diligently!! You are greatly appreciated!!
CONGRATULATIONS SHAWN!! "Paramedic of the Year" for Berkshire County.... You make me so proud!! It is well deserved! Who you are inspires me to strive to be a better person. You are a very good man. Thanks for all you do!! Hurry home!!!! ;)
from: gold deuce girlon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

Thanks to all of the wonderful and compassionate emergency responders who wait silently in the wings until they are desperately needed!! Truly you are unsung heroes!! Congratulations on receiving "Paramedic of the Year" for Berkshire County, Shawn!! I am so proud of you!! Who you are truly makes me strive to be a better person.... I am so fortunate to have you in my life!! Hurry home!! ;)
from: gold deuce girlon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

EMS week needs more publicity than what is given, its nice to see the article. Also, Congrat's to you Shawn for being recognized as provider of the year at the EMS dinner.
from: Carrieon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

NICE ARTICLE AND CONGRATULATIONS ON "PARAMEDIC OF THE YEAR"!!!
from: NANCI TAYLORon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007

You provide a great service to the people. Thanks so much for your dedication!
from: Joanon: 05-21 00:00:00-2007


 
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