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Quick time can save many lives

Congratulations are in order to the Lawrence County EMS for being awarded the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award for the third year in a row.

The award is for the care the paramedics and EMTs provide as they are getting a patient having a heart attack or stroke to a hospital quickly and notifying the hospital what the situation is.

Time is always of the essence during a heart attack or stroke. And in a county of our size, professional care en route to the hospital is a must, considering that some houses are 20 minutes away from the nearest hospital. Just a few minutes delay in care can mean the difference between life and death.

Lawrence County EMS had to achieve a 75 percent or higher compliance score in several specific EMS quality measures for 48 months.

“I just want to say, this is a team effort,” said Lori Morris, Lawrence County EMS executive director of finance. “It is all of Lawrence County EMS that won this award. It is a great thing.”

We commend the EMS for their actions, which on a daily basis, helps to save the lives of Lawrence Countians.