EMS personnel gather at Roswell Fire Station No. 1 to hear a proclamation from Mayor Del Jurney designating May 20-26 as EMS Week, Thursday. Mark Wilson Photo
As a part of national Emergency Services Week, Mayor Del Jurney proclaimed May 24 as EMS Day. He told the employees gathered at Fire Station No. 1 for the ceremony, “Sometimes we get lost in our lives and we forget to thank you for the service that you do.”
In the proclamation, he pointed out that local EMS employees provide a public service and save lives. “Both career and volunteers must take over 1,000 hours to receive the training that they need.”
Jurney agreed with the national campaign that says: “EMS: more than a job, a calling,” and congratulated Roswell Fire Chief Chad Hamill on his great staff.
After the ceremony, Hamill credited his people for the job they do. “Behind every good leader is the personnel, and we have a bunch of great people here. Actions speak louder than words. The people at the Fire Department and the city are absolutely blessed to have employees who are truly dedicated to helping others.”
Hamill noted that Roswell’s first responders answer 8,800 calls a year.
Keep Roswell Beautiful coordinator Reneé Roach took the opportunity during the ceremony to mention the Great American Hero Award. She urged people to participate by nominating the person of their choice. Eligible nominees must be first responders, medical personnel, military personnel or veterans.
The award is being funded by Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation Grant, but the concept was created in Roswell by Keep Roswell Beautiful.
Roach said it will be the first such award given in the country. Qualifications for nominees include excellence in their work, providing a valuable service to the public, and high level of services. Nominations are due by Sept. 1, and the winner and the individual who nominates the winner will be feted at a banquet scheduled for Veterans Day.