National EMS Week is an acknowledgement of the important work being done in the community by emergency responders.
“If you ask any of the 33 who work on shift, they’ll tell you that they are just doing their jobs,” said Warren County EMS director Preston Denney. “If you want someone to boast about their importance, it won’t be any of them. I’ll do it for them, though. They work very hard to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of the residents of Warren County and they deserve that recognition.”
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. May 17-23 in 2020 was the 46th annual National EMS Week.
Many, many suggestions are given about ways in which EMS employees can be recognized for their work during EMS Week and beyond. However, Denney suggests something simple and effective.
“If you see an EMS worker out and about, say thank you,” said Denney. “Everyone likes to hear appreciation from time to time. Even if they won’t boast about themselves, a kind word now and again means a lot to these guys.”
A thank you note or card can be mailed year-round to 103 Magness Drive, McMinnville, TN 37110.