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Hamilton County EMS personnel thanked with cookout during National EMS Week

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From May 20 to May 26, the country celebrates National EMS Week.

Hamilton County EMS is celebrating with continuous cookouts Thursday through Saturday.

“We work hard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week sometimes they need a few minutes downtime and I think they appreciate it,” Hamilton County EMS Captain Brian Bricker told NewsChannel 9.

Bricker organized the cookout at the Vulcan picnic area off of Shallowford Rd.

The EMS captain served as Chef for his fellow paramedics while also having provided handmade Cornhole boards and speakers for their entertainment.

Hamilton County EMS Director Ken Wilkerson said local hospitals donated the food.

“This is for the crews. This is for the people who do this day in and day out. Winter. Summer. Daylight. Dark,” Wilkerson said.

One paramedic who fits that bill is Ben Parker.

Parker has been a paramedic with Hamilton County EMS for five years.

He stopped by the cookout on Friday afternoon for a quick bite in between shifts.

Parker said it’s nice “to know that all that work and effort that you're putting in and the time away from your family is not forgotten.”

This year, Parker and his fellow Hamilton County EMS crews responded to over 38,000 calls, transporting 25,000 people to local hospitals.

Now celebrating its 30th year, Hamilton County EMS crews also received thanks through a commemorative champion coin marking the anniversary.

On Saturday, Hamilton County EMS will host a family fun day for its personnel.

EMS workers and their families can expect a day of fun, food, and awards to wrap up National EMS week.

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