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March 31, 2008

Albany -- Two people who could help save your life one day were honored Monday by the Dougherty County Commission.

Tammy Atkinson and her partner Robert Head were named the EMS crew of the year. Atkinson has worked as a paramedic for nine years.

She says the key to doing her job well is being able to get patients to stay calm and trust that she and her partner will do what they can to help them.

"You have to have good communication with your patients. You get out there, and you talk to them and have a good rapport with people in order to find out exactly what is wrong with them in order to be able to help them, said Atkinson.

Dougherty County paramedics respond to 55 calls a day and undergo 40 to 60 hours of training every year to make sure their skills are up to date.

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