EMT proud of others’ service

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2019

While the county’s EMS future has been a very public source of worry, debate and hope, I can’t help but feel that a large part of the issue was overlooked. The current 911 Medical Transport employees have done a spectacular job over the last nearly two decades, and sadly, many of us will not be continuing to serve the county come Jan. 1.
Although some of the providers that work for Medical Transport in Southampton are from out of area, many are from here originally and returned home to serve. All of these employees, no matter where they are from, have shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears for the citizens here and are indeed deserving of our thanks. These EMS professionals have spent countless holidays away from their loved ones, returned to many cold meals that were interrupted, and spent an untold number of hours training to be able to provide the best care possible to this county. These providers have seen the best and the absolute worst of this county and yet, they still answer the call every day. They have been present, working quietly in the background, caring for our friends and family and saving countless lives. In the process, they have crossed the boundary from simply being employees and have become a part of our community.
No matter where they are come Jan. 1, they will continue to be some of the best providers you will find anywhere and our community will feel their absence. While I know that Franklin’s contract will bring new providers, who I hope will become as ingrained in the community as the Medical Transport employees, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness to see my friends and coworkers leave. I am proud to have worked with the men and women who have staffed the Medical Transport Southampton contract. I want my coworkers to know how much I appreciate their service to our community, and I employ the citizens of the county to let them know the same.

Andy Bailey