National Emergency Service Week Activities

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Bradley County EMS employee appreciation cook-out
Bradley County EMS employee appreciation cook-out

This is National EMS Week 2013, a week set aside for paramedics and emergency medical technicians to be recognized for their dedication nationwide. EMS week began on May 19 and goes through May 25.  

Bradley County EMS has been kept busy so far with activities recognizing their service. On Friday, Erlanger Medical Center had an event to kick off EMS week where Bradley County EMT’s and paramedics were presented with a plaque congratulating them for winning the fifth annual Star of Life Award. Representatives from surrounding EMS agencies attended the celebration and luncheon held at the Lifeforce helicopter hangar at Erlanger.

EMS Chief Danny Lawson had a Bradley County EMS employee appreciation cook-out on Wednesday at the ambulance station on Paul Huff Parkway. Jade Lockhart is a paramedic with Bradley County and owns Lockhart’s Fire and Smoke Catering. He grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixings. EMS employees on duty and off duty and their families enjoyed the fellowship and good food.  

“We have some of the best trained paramedics and EMT’s in the state," said EMS Chief Lawson.  "Their service to their patients routinely exemplifies what it means to be that caring responder that meets the needs of a patient.” 

The week will conclude for Bradley County as award recipients will travel to Nashville to walk across the stage to be recognized as the Tennessee Region 3 winner of the Star of Life Award presented by the Tennessee Emergency Services for Children. This is the fourth time that Bradley County has won this prestigious award since it began five years ago.  

“We always have some great competition from other agencies in Region 3," said Public Information Officer Stan Clark.  "We are proud to have been the winners four out of the five times since it began. This is a great honor not only for our service but for Cleveland and Bradley County.”

EMS Chief Danny Lawson
EMS Chief Danny Lawson

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Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue

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Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

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Roy Exum: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

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