Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
May 12, 2008
Dougherty County -- Ramsey Brown has worked as a paramedic for a little more than 10 years. "I've been raised around it, and it's an interesting job. I love helping people," said Brown.
But he is also going to school during his time off. "I plan on going to a nursing program. I am doing my core for it now, and I do plan on staying in EMS," said Brown.
"I just love the excitement. You don't know what you are going to until you get there. You have to think right on the spot, just you and your partner. It's a lot of excitement in it that you usually don't see on the emergency rooms or the floors," said Brown.
But this isn't the case for many in his line of work. "We are feeling the effects of a problem that is statewide if not national and that is a critical shortage of paramedics, said Dougherty EMS Director, Bobby Tripp.
"Some of them are being certified as registered nurses and leaving to go work for hospitals for more money."
And the ones leaving are often some of the most experienced. "It's becoming harder and harder to recruit people to take the place of these people because only one of every three people who enter the EMT program in Georgia receive their license," said Tripp.
"In order for us to compete with the private industries and hospitals, I don't see any other way than to pay comparably to what they would get paid at the hospitals and private industries."
Until then they will just have to rely on employees like Ramsey Brown who continue to work because its their passion.
Despite the shortage, Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services has some of the best response times in the state. The national average is eight minutes. Dougherty County's average is seven minutes.