EMS deserves recognition

Published 11:50 am Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services was honored earlier this year for their efforts in treating those who are experiencing the symptoms of heart attacks.

The agency received Lifeline EMG Gold Plus Award for implementing quality measures and is ranked as one of the top EMS services nationwide.

In the case of a heart attack, a fraction of a minute can make all the difference when it comes to whether the patient lives or dies.

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We commend the agency for receiving this distinction and for the quality of service it provides to the county.

“The exemplary manner in which they have carried out their many obligations is deserving the highest praise, and residents can look forward to the department’s ongoing assistance in the years to come,” a letter, signed by Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, Senator Bob Peterson and Senator Joe Uecker, stated.

This fall, voters in Lawrence County will be asked to decide on a 2 mill levy for funding for the agency.

The levy is for EMS to have a protected revenue source, rather than its current state of splitting between county 911, the county sheriff’s office and EMS.

While no one likes paying taxes, critical services do not pay for themselves.

In the case of Lawrence EMS, a record of quality and dedication exists and they are deserving of continued funding.