Colfax Letter to the Editor – Meredith Ingram – 1-30-2012
I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time. I have not lived in this area more than a few years and this is the smallest community I’ve ever lived in. I’ve been treated and transported by various EMT units in these larger communities, and believe me, none of them can hold a candle to the Colfax EMTs.
When they enter your home they treat you with respect, getting down to eye level, asking pertinent questions as to what you are feeling as they calmly check your “vitals”. When a decision is made they calmly explain what is happening to reassure you. Then they secure the house.
Also, they are part of this community. They participate in parades, have fund-raising picnic, displaying and discussion the equipment. Every Thursday they check blood pressure at the Grapevine Senior Center, occasionally suggesting you might want to check with your doctor. A pancake breakfast was served and was great fun, raising money for expensive up-to-date equipment. When they were moving into their “new home”, I was at the sale when a voice whispered in my ear “The EMTs would love that bed.” So they got it instead of a pan of brownies as a thank you.
A month or so ago it sounded like the Village board and the EMTs were getting into a power fight. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” as the old saying goes.
Yes, the EMT are a real asset to the community. Remember to thank them and your lucky stars.