05/17/11 190 W - + 2 - 11 Wake County EMS System Cardiac Arrest Save Ceremony / EMS Week

Tomorrow night is the annual Wake County EMS System Cardiac Arrest Save Ceremony. Held at Fletcher Opera Theater at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts, the event starts at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. The ceremony recognizes Wake County emergency responders and 57 cardiac arrest survivors during the calendar year 2010.

This year's guest speaker in North Carolina State University student Spencer Shell along with his family. Spencer suffered cardiac arrest while jogging on the NCSU campus last fall. Read that story from a prior posting. To help celebrate his survival, a vocal group from the college will perform "Acappology."

The ceremony is also one of a number of events recognizing National EMS Week, which concludes with EMS Day in Raleigh on Saturday, May 21. The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kroger Grocery Store parking lot, 1610 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, in downtown Raleigh. Residents are invited to meet paramedics, tour ambulances, and participate in health screenings. Heck, you might even meet one or more members of the crack Wake County EMS Photo Unit!

My husband is one of those that will be there tonight as he is a Cardiac Arrest Survivor. On December 12, 2010 while at our local Food Lion in Wendell, he was standing in the checkout line when he went into cardiac arrest. Just as this happened one of the paramedics from the Fire Station right down the street happened to come into the store on a food run we believe. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. This saved my husband from not only death, but also from severe brain damage. We are so proud and thankful for all the paramedics and the Fireman that go above and beyond in there service to the communities where they serve. I can’t say enough about them. We are so very grateful that they were there to save my husband’s life. Thank you…Bruce and Pamela Hay & family
Pamela Hay (Email) - 05/18/11 - 16:03

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