Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
January 26, 2004
Albany - Paramedics are the only emergency workers who can give patients life-saving medicines before reaching the hospital. But, there aren't enough paramedics to fill empty positions at EMS stations across the country and here in South Georgia.
These paramedic students at Albany Tech are training to save lives. And, they can't graduation soon enough. "We have two full time openings and no part-timers to promote to those positions," said EMS Director Bobby Tripp.
Tripp says Dougherty County is in critical need of paramedics. Many paramedics and EMT's are working overtime.
"The general public doesn't understand there's a difference between an EMT and a paramedic," Albany Tech Instructor Charles Proctor. Proctor says paramedics are doctors on wheels. "A paramedic can give any drug that you can receive in an emergency room, expect blood. They can do anything a physician can do, in your living room."
Tammye Atkinson is one of just four students at Albany Tech taking the two year paramedic program. "You have to learn anatomy, physiology, training in entibation and drug therapy," said Atkinson.
Once completing the course, paramedics must pass a state certification test. Then, they face the harsh realities of the job. "Low pay, long hours, difficult working conditions," said Tripp.
The starting salary for paramedics is about $30,000, and a love for the job is a must. "They're motivated to have a job that means something," said Tripp.
Atkinson says she's ready for the challenge. "You never know what you'll be doing from one minute to the next. That's why I love it so much." A paramedic can be the difference between life or death, but only if they're along for the ride.
The HOPE Scholarship will pay for paramedic training at the State's technical colleges.