Pa. EMS Week celebration under way

Representative to the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Federation offers praise for local responders


By Jim Hook
Public Opinion

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. — About 20 emergency medical technicians recently attended a ceremony declaring National Emergency Medical Services Week from May 15 to 21.

"I've been an EMT for 26 years," said Jean Mackey, the Franklin County representative to the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Federation. "A lot of these people work very, very hard and get very little recognition. They have to have a second job. It's a sad state of affairs. I'm very proud of them."

Franklin County Commissioners recently signed the declaration.

"You all are critical to the value of life in Franklin County," Commissioner David Keller said.

William Little, long-time EMT instructor, said the unique system of emergency medical help in Franklin County surpasses that available in the Philadelphia area. The local system also is predominantly volunteer.

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