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Letter: All first responders deserve our applause

All first responders deserve our applause

When I opened The News on Feb. 27, I was immediately captured by the article concerning Jessica Powers and her tragic accident involving a tractor-trailer in early January. I have had the opportunity to attend to many trauma victims over my 30 years of experience in emergency medical services and I know firsthand that it takes many first responders – fire, police and EMTs – to produce a successful outcome.

I remember once having to cut off a down jacket in the back of our ambulance and I’ll never forget how long it took to clean up the feathers.

My only disappointment with the article was the lack of any mention of the EMTs and paramedic supervisor from Rural Metro ambulance who also responded and transported Powers to ECMC. I’m told that the ambulance crew responded from William and Bailey, where they were posted while waiting for their next assignment, and the paramedic responded from William Gaiter Parkway. Why is it that we only read about the sometimes late responses from EMS and not the timely ones?

I hope and pray that Powers has a speedy and complete recovery and again I applaud Buffalo Fire for its excellent work.

Brian H. Newbigging

Paramedic, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, Hamburg