TOP PHOTO: First responders were treated to lunch on Wednesday as they were honored by the staff at La Follette Medical Center. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)

Missy Turner- Facility Compliance Officer, Deidra Mundy – Acute Care Service Director and Ben Owens- Emergency Department Director work the serving line at Wednesday’s picnic.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – This is EMS Week all across the country, and it’s being celebrated right here at home as well. Wednesday marked the fifth year Tennova La Follette Medical Center showed its appreciation to EMS, fire and police, first responders, with a luncheon. “It’s a pleasure to honor our partners in taking care of the community. They are a large part of our better health, better living as much as any part of our team,” said Mark Cain, Tennova La Follette Medical Center CEO.

More than 50 law enforcement, EMS, and fire fighters attended a picnic hosted by LMC in honor of first responders at Seargeant Park in LaFollette from noon till 2 pm yesterday in downtown La Follette. 

Given the nature of first responders, a Campbell County EMS unit along with police and fire units were only steps away from where Wednesday’s celebration was taking place at Seargeant’s Park.

“The honor with which they carry out their mission is remarkable. The circumstances under which they work are to be admired,” said Cain.

Amanda Rogers is the Director of Physicians Outreach and hands out tokens of appreciation to members of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week runs May 21-27. In 1974, President Gerald 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. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/25/2023-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)