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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The father of Georgia's Emergency Medical Services is honored by the state in Albany.

The state House and Senate passed resolutions recognizing Dr. Charles Gillespie for his three decades of service to EMS in Georgia.

In the early 1970's then Governor Jimmy Carter asked Dr. Gillespie to chair the committee that formed Georgia's Emergency Medical Services.

He established the EMT Training program at Albany Tech and the oath now said worldwide by every graduate.

"One of the things I'm most proud of is that the oath is now world wide in all the EMS organizations and it's something that students take when they finish their work and I never intended that to happen," said Dr. Gillespie.

Dr. Gillespie also developed the modern ambulance, what type of medical devices it would contain and how they would respond to emergencies.

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