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Appreciate our EMS professionals

DEAR EDITOR:

This week marks National EMS Week. Every day, in communities across the country, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals put their lives on the line to meet the needs of others. Their courage to serve our community, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a lifeline over the past two years and beyond. To say they have difficult jobs would be an understatement.

This week is our chance to acknowledge them for their sacrifices and honor their commitments to always answering the call. Every single one of the 28.5 million calls to 911 per year.

As president at Trumbull Regional Medical Center, I know firsthand how integral EMS workers are to our community’s health and safety. Day after day, 24/7, EMS professionals respond to every type of accident or medical injury, such as strokes, heart attacks, drug overdoses and falls. EMS workers — many who are volunteers — are at the front lines of every curveball life throws at us.

The strength and bravery required to step up during extraordinary circumstances often comes with a price. Not only do these heroes put themselves in danger, they also spend long hours away from their families and friends protecting our community.

We also extended our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives while in the line of duty.

EMS workers embody selflessness, professionalism and grace under the most dire circumstances. They are the very best of us.

I encourage anyone reading this to take a moment and appreciate how critical our EMS workers are for our safety and wellbeing, now and for the future.

Our community is better and healthier place to live because of the dedication and sacrifices of these everyday heroes among us. As we celebrate this week, I hope you join me in recognizing EMS workers and sharing your appreciation for all they do. They deserve it.

KRISTA McFADDEN

President

Trumbull Regional Medical Center

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