EMS Service update

Dear Editor,

This has been a great year for the Monroe County Ambulance Service with a lot of “firsts.”

This year, we put six new Lifpak 15 Cardiac Monitor’s in service. Since we started using them in October, we have had five CPR saves.

This year, our service also won two major state awards. This is the first time in the service’s 44-year history that we have won either one of these awards. We won the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association ALS Service of the Year award in Gatlinburg this year. Plus, we won the Star of Life Award in Nashville, which will be awarded to the service on May 16.

We just completed our yearly state service audit with a score of 100 percent.

I have been involved with the Monroe County EMS in one capacity or another since 1984. I am very proud of what we, as a service, have accomplished over the past four years. I hold a special place in my heart for “our” service and the people that work here.

They work long hours, miss holidays with their families and make a lot of other sacrifices daily because they love what they do, and by doing their job, they can make a difference in someone’s life.

Please remember them during EMS Week on May 20-26. If you see them out, stop and tell them “thank you” because a lot of times we don’t even get that.


Gary Smith

Monroe County EMS director

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