Letter to the Editor

Anytime, anywhere. We'll be there.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Anytime, anywhere. We'll be there.

No, this is not a modern and updated version of the United States Postal Service's motto "Neither snow nor rain nor heat or gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." It actually belongs to another group of organizations, your local Emergency Medical Services group.

The week of May 16-22, 2010 was dedicated as EMS week, a nationwide celebration and recognition of the folks that come to your aid anytime and anywhere across this great nation. EMS has changed significantly from its beginnings back in 1966 when you called for an ambulance and the local funeral home showed up. The person who transported you to the hospital may have had minimal first-aid training or had to stay behind the wheel.

It has changed to the modern EMS system we now have where the professionals, paid or volunteer, show up to your home in various apparatus from a modern fire engine to an ambulance and can provide advance lifesaving care with skills and equipment that our peers from 1996 probably could never have even imagined.

During this week I really wanted to take a moment to recognize a group of volunteers from the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue and tell them I am very proud to be associated with them and say thank you for your dedication and service.

These are the names of those people that volunteer their time and skills to come to a neighbor's aid. Anytime. Anywhere. They will be the: Thad Thomas EMT-B, Rick Zalabowski Jr. EMT-B, Ericka Fift EMT-B, Mike Revland Paramedic, Tim Kinnetz Paramedic, Jesse Welch EMT-B, Dave Badgley EMT-B, Chris Yungbluth Paramedic, Patricia Zalabowski, EMT-B, Michelle Rausch EMT-B.

On a final note, if you know or see an EMT from your local community, go up and ask them about their service and offer them a handshake and thank you. It will make their day.


Chris Yungbluth

Fire Chief

Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue