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Commission recognizes valuable contribution of emergency personnel with proclamation

RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2013

TAVARES — As part of National EMS Week, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners recognized the contribution of EMS professionals by issuing a proclamation at the regular Board meeting on Tuesday, May 21. 

“The timing couldn’t be better to commend the diligence and dedication of our EMS workers, with the natural disasters that have been happening locally and nationally,” said Commissioner Welton G. Cadwell, Lake County District 5, and chairman of the Lake Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors. 

Lake Emergency Medical Services, Inc., along with EMS agencies across the country, this week are recognizing the exceptional role that EMS professionals play in Lake County. The Lake EMS mission is to provide personalized and professional pre-hospital emergency medical care to the community. Lake EMS staff, along with their counterparts in the fire service, operate as a team to live up to the mission of saving lives and providing quality pre-hospital medical care. 

“EMS professionals do not choose this field for big salaries, comfortable working conditions, or 9-to-5 hours,” said Jerry Smith, interim executive director of Lake EMS. “They have a true calling to help and care for others in their hour of need.” 

In 2012, Communications Center staff answered more than 132,000 incoming calls and processed almost 57,000 incidents. Lake EMS field crews responded to nearly 43,000 medical emergency calls as they fulfilled their round-the-clock commitment to Lake County citizens. More than 31,000 patients were transported to area hospitals as a result.

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