The month of May is usually a month of many celebrations. There's Cinco de Mayo, the National Day of Prayer, Teacher Appreciation Week, Mother's Day, Nurses Week, Senior Citizen Month, and Memorial Day, plus many more.
One of those observances that may get overlooked is EMS week, a week set aside to honor those first responders who come to the aid of all--including strangers they have never met and may never meet again--in medical emergencies.
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the work they do. This week, May 17-23 is EMS Week 2020.
The theme of this year's observance is "Ready Today. Prepared for Tomorrow."
EMS workers put their own health and safety on the line time after time as they respond to wrecks, fires, drug overdoses, various medical emergencies. Some of the drugs that they may encounter can actually kill on contact. These days, EMS workers could get COVID-19 from one of their patients or others when they respond to a call. While they are attempting to rescue others from wrecks, boating accidents, etc. they face the real possibility of being injured or killed.
President Donald Trump issued his proclamation for National EMS Week last Friday, stressing the efforts and sacrifices of EMS providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his proclamation, the President noted the increased demand on EMS personnel, as well as the physical and emotional toll the crisis has taken.
"These heroes have courageously risen to the challenge. They remain undeterred in their efforts to deliver critical assistance to their fellow Americans," the proclamation reads. "During this unprecedented time in our nation's history, we are ceaselessly inspired by the sense of duty, selfless service, and sacrifice that epitomize EMS personnel."
The Lincoln Herald joins the President and others in saying a sincere "thank you" to the EMS personnel in Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties and elsewhere. Thank you for your sacrifices, dedication and service to your communities.