Metro Wire Staff
Portage Co. EMS is recognizing each of the county’s emergency medical responder units during National EMS Week, and on Wednesday the department visited the Town of Hull.
The town installed its EMS department in 2004, which currently has 10 members.
Amber Osowski, Portage Co. EMS Coordinator, presented each of the members with a small rescue tool, a device that can be clipped to a belt or backpack and used to break out a car window or cut a seat belt during an emergency. Osowski said every emergency medical responder, formerly known as first responders, in the county would receive one from the EMS dept.
She estimated the county has about 160 trained EMRs.
Current members are Osowski, Mark Fritsche, Kelly Kluck, Jeremy Proulx, Tom Blaes, Peter Gebhardt, Bryanna Windsor, Andie Jurcoi, Matt Dombrowski, and Kyle Sadogierski.
EMS Week was authorized in 1974 by President Gerald Ford as a way to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.