|Letters to the Editor|
|Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM|
Dear Putnam County Voters:
I am writing to lend my support for the PCEMS levy and ask you to support it also. Back in 1974 I was one of the original squad members making runs when Putnam County EMS began. Being a squad member for over 10 years I got to see the dedication, training, and compassionate care given to patients all around the county. I also know of the stress experienced by EMS personnel as they try to relieve the pain and suffering of those in need.
On Nov.26, 2008, I experienced being on the “other side of the fence” when my heart stopped without any warning. If not for the quick actions of my wife beginning CPR and the quick response of EMS personnel, I might not be here to ask for your support. Their talent along with those of dispatch, fire, and police, all were part of the chain of survival that allows me to write this.
Knowing the levy will provide supplemental help for the volunteers to reduce response times, and provide community training in the form of CPR and First Aid, give me the confidence to ask you to join me in supporting this levy.
Seeing the EMS from both sides has made me realize that we cannot take that resource for granted. We need to strengthen Putnam County EMS to guarantee this vital service is available to answer the call. Please vote “YES” on Nov. 5.
David J. Odenweller
On Nov. 5, the voters of Putnam County have the opportunity to strengthen the medical well-being of the county. Putnam County EMS is asking the residents to approve a 0.65 mill levy that will provide supplemental help for the volunteers.
The squads are a vital link to medical care in Putnam County. Hundreds of patients are transported to and from our facility every year by our local EMS units. It has been very reassuring to the patients and staff, that compassionate quality care is available locally.
As a primary partner to the EMS, we at the Ambulatory Care Center see the unwavering dedication shown by the squads. We also get a first hand view of the strain put on the volunteer system due to increasing run volumes, additional training hours, and reduced availability. The passage of this levy will provide relief to a system that has been a source of dependable care and compassion for almost forty years.
Please join me in support of the Putnam County EMS levy by voting YES on Nov. 5.
Karen Vorst RN, Director
St. Rita’s Putnam County
Ambulatory Care Center
Dear Putnam County Voters:
Of all the worthy issues up for a vote this November, none is more important to our Village and Township residents than the EMS levy. We are fortunate that we are home to one of Ohio’s most successful EMS services. Recognized in 2011 as “Ohio’s Volunteer Service of the Year”, PCEMS has provided comfort and care to residents for almost 40 years. This service has touched many lives and has helped to form a solid base for the continued growth of our communities. It is truly a great asset to our county.
In service since 1974, Putnam County EMS has grown to meet the needs of the residents and have seen the number of runs nearly double to over 3000 since 1977. That increase and the modern day requirements of job and family commitments have greatly depleted the availability of these volunteers, in Putnam County and the entire state.
Your vote will fund supplemental full and part-time help for the volunteers, to ensure emergency medical response is not delayed. Along with that help the volunteers will receive a reimbursement increase for their time on EMS runs. Lastly these funds will provide community support in the form of CPR and first aid classes for residents, as well as continuing education opportunities for the PCEMS personnel.
Putnam County EMS has a significant impact on our community’s quality of life, so we encourage you to vote YES on Nov. 5 in support of the EMS levy.
Robert L. Heidenescher,
Putnam County Mayors Assn.
David R. Wieging
Putnam County Township Trustees Assn.