Celebrating National EMS Week

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - All week long members of the EMS field are being recognized for their work helping others on a daily basis.

It’s National EMS Week and at Metro Ambulance they are celebrating with cooking food and having a crawfish boil at the end of the week. This week is a time to reflect on all the hard work they do to ensure we are safe and tended to when we are in a time of need. Metro Ambulance Director Clayton Cobler says he is honored to work the group of EMTs, Paramedics, dispatchers and drivers at Metro.

“EMS is basically young. We are only about 50 years old. We came out of the Vietnam War and the Korean conflict. That’s where EMS was born, the true EMS. We haven’t been around that long and it’s an honor to be recognized, especially for a week,” Cobler says.

There are five themes for the week. Tuesday is Safety Tuesday and Wednesday is EMS for Children Day.

“The people that are on the trucks care. They truly care. They will treat patients like they’re their own. I get calls every day about how wonderful they were and how they held their moms hand when she wasn’t feeling at her best. Things like this. It takes a special person. I think we have a bunch of them down here,” Cobler says.