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Thank you, first responders!

Leianne Everett, CEOMay is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Month, so I want to give a shout-out to all of our area ambulance crews. In fact, I'd like to take that one step further and pay recognition to all our volunteer fire department crews, whether they work on the ambulances, fire trucks or both.

We have volunteer fire departments in Packwood, Randle, Glenoma, Morton, Mineral, Mossyrock and Salkum—that's a lot of volunteers. That's a lot of men and women giving of their own time, and probably of their own wallets, for the sake of our community.

Selfless service

You know how it is—when there's a disaster, most people run from the scene toward safety. There's nothing wrong with that, but we need to remember that while they're running away, they're being met by others running toward the scene.

We hear tales of volunteers being wakened by their pager, hurriedly getting dressed in the dark so as not disturb their spouse and heading off into the night to answer the call—only to realize later that their shirt was on inside out. We also hear about how difficult it is sometimes to get up in the morning when the alarm clock goes off after they've been on an ambulance or fire call. However, they continue to do it for the good of their community.

Do you know a volunteer firefighter or EMS volunteer? I hope you will join me in thanking them for their service. This wonderful East Lewis County community of ours would be a very different place if we didn't have these people and their dedication.

Leianne Everett, CEO

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