May 26, 2007
Saturday, Louisa County held their EMS Appreciation Day.
It was a chance for emergency rescue men and women to show the community just how hard they work to keep them safe.
Life Evac Virginia landed their medical helicopter at today’s celebration.
“We'll travel anywhere from West Virginia to DC to Maryland to Central Virginia and down to the upper portions of North Carolina,” said Jethro Piland, a member of Life Evac.
The crew traveled to the small town of Mineral to show residents there just what their high-powered plane can do.
“We are here to reach out and to get involved with the community and provide a level of care with our talent that hopefully meets the critical issue: to get people where they need to go,” said Jim Standard, another crew member.
Another member, John Sykes, said “Work together to get a patient get where they need to go and improve in their care.”
The community also got the chance to see the two brand new ambulances that have found a home in Louisa County they hope to have them up and running on the streets by the first of next month.
“You can do more on these ambulances than what a hospital emergency room could do forty years ago. It's a lot of hard work and a lot of training that both volunteer and career folks go through to be able to provide this service,” said Michael Schlemmer, the county’s Emergency Services Coordinator.
Louisa County paramedic, Nancy Burrows said, “You don't think about us when you're not in an emergency situation so its nice to come out here and see the volunteer staff and career staff work together and do things like this with the community.”
EMS workers tell us community support is everything to them.
“The community is everything. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the donations and for the support of the communities. We operate a lot off of donations and we're here for them all the time and they are here for us,” said Donnie Embrey, with the Mineral Rescue Squad.