Tamara Keil: Thanks, fellow EMTs!

May 17, 2013 

I have been an emergency medical technician with Riggs Ambulance for the past four years. In that time I have had the opportunity and pleasure of working with some of the best that emergency medical service has to offer.

My co-workers and I have one of the greatest jobs out there in that we help people and their families in times of need and times of crisis. The time we put into our jobs and our community can be overwhelming for us and is often stressful, but we do it because we love it. The need for continuing education in our field is constant as pre-hospital research is always advancing, so we find ourselves in the classroom on our few treasured days off.

Our "downtime" is also spent doing community service in Merced County Schools and various other community programs. It's important to all of us to make sure that 911 education starts early with children.

National EMS Week is May 19-25, and I am writing to let the community and especially my co-workers know how much I appreciate them and the daily sacrifices that are made so that our community is cared for.

TAMARA KEIL

Merced

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