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August 27, 2003

Sylvester - When responding to an emergency call, there is no time for hesitation, and no room for mistakes.

"That was the situation we were tested in, a cardiac arrest situation, which is the most life threatening there is," says team leader Krista Rouse. "We want the patients in worth county to know that we're here and we care about them. And that we are trained to take care of them in the highest level of training."

The Worth County team competed with other EMS workers from across the state, and took home first place in a competition that judged on management of the patient, use of time and overall professionalism. They placed second in the competition last year and have been training constantly in order to take home the trophy this year.

Although the team is proud of the accomplishment, the trophy is bittersweet. While at the competition, the team received news that Worth County first responder, Amanda McDonald, had been killed in a car accident.

"She responded on calls and was like family to us," says Rouse. "She was killed in a car wreck last week, one of the days we were over there competing, and we decided as a team to dedicate [the trophy] to her memory."

And they hope to honor her memory next year by winning the award again. The team will next compete in a Basic Trauma life support competition in November at Darton College.

posted at 5:11 PM by karen.collier@walb.com