COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Personnel at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus were able to show their appreciation for first responders on Wednesday as part of EMS Appreciation Week.
That's where fire and other first responders are recognized for their courageous work in the community.
Michael Zimmerman, Director of Emergency Services at Midtown Medical Center, says it's about going to the workplace of those who save lives every day and thanking them in person.
"To show our appreciation by thanking them, we actually go out publically and visit them and tell them," Zimmerman said. "We go to the fire stations and we tell them thank you. We also tell them about our services."
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities.
This annual observance continued for four more years and was then re-instituted by The American College of Emergency Physicians in 1982.