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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 18, 2010

No slogan could be more true.

“Anytime, anywhere, we will be there” is the mantra commemorating the 38th anniversary of National EMS Week.

And it’s quite literally a saying to live by.

Each time there is a 911 call, each time there is a serious traffic accident, each time an elderly person falls and each time there is an industrial accident, EMS responders are on their way to help within minutes. They make the difference between life and death.

Here in America, we are indeed fortunate to have such a fantastic group of dedicated men and women who devote their lives to helping others. They are there, 24 hours a day, seven says a week, 365 day a year, arranging their lives around the lives of others. They are indeed the people who make the difference.

Few people realize the hundreds or even thousands of hours of training that are necessary for persons to qualify as EMS responders. It’s that training and retraining, mock exercises and continuing education, that enable them to be able to respond instantly to that call.

You don’t have to go very far to find other countries that don’t even have anything remotely resembling an EMS service such as what we have in our country. There, a serious illness or accident is not an emergency – it’s a death sentence.

So the next time you or a loved one is served by EMS personnel, thank them. Because their service goes far beyond a paycheck. It’s a way of life that’s dedicated to saving the lives of others.