In 1974, President Ford designated the third week in May as EMS Week to honor EMS clinicians and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. National EMS Week 2023—held May 21-27—marks the 49th year of this special week set aside to celebrate the EMS profession and its dedicated providers.
Courtney Grier became the new Atascosa County EMS Director May 1 after a unanimous vote by the Commissioners Court. Grier has been a paramedic for 10 years with stints in Guadalupe and Bexar Counties. She served as an Atascosa County paramedic for the last four years.
Grier was selected by a committee that was comprised of Atascosa County Fire Marshal Wilborn, Pct. 1 Commissioner Mark Bowen, County Treasurer Laura Pawelek, a Karnes County EMS representative and a Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council representative. Grier was selected out of nine applicants that were reviewed.
The Pleasanton Express is excited about working with Grier to help tell some of the “heroics” of our local EMS. The Atascosa County Emergency Medical Services runs approximately 6,000 9-1-1 calls a year. EMS workers often go unrecognized for their accomplishments with most of the love locally going to our law enforcement and fire fighters. It is such a great thing in this community that we recognize and thank our first responders. But I must admit the Pleasanton Express wants to do a better job when it comes to getting the community to know and show love to our local EMS. I personally would like to get to know these hard working educated emergency professionals before they may have to arrive on the scene to save my life.
EMS will tell you it is not about getting the glory. That it is service above self they find the most rewarding. But don’t let these anonymous heroes who routinely save the day, go unnoticed.
Friday is “EMS Recognition Day,” an opportunity to acknowledge and show love to our local EMS heroes who save lives through the EMS system thanks to an unwavering commitment to serve their communities.
Please go drop by some gifts and goodies or just some kind words to our local EMS. The Atascosa County EMS headquarters is in Jourdanton at 915 Main Street, Jourdanton. Their phone number is 830-769-2702. If you go by to drop off a gift, please text me a photo at 512-965-6876 I would love to print these photos in the paper and post on social media to give kudos to these unsung heroes. Follow Atascosa County Emergency Medical Services on Facebook to see their news and updates.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.