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Paramedics added to Highway 82 station

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Paramedics will now get to people in southwest Lee County quicker.

Starting at eight Monday morning, a full-time paramedic crew joined firefighters at the Highway 82 station to cover the Palmyra District. Lee County's new budget provides four full-time paramedics to handle the growing population in that part of Lee County. Commissioner Ed Duffy pushed for the additional personnel.

"Before the ambulance responding here had to come from the Century Station on Highway 19 and the response time was anywhere from 12 to 15 minutes depending on where they went out here in this area, it's very important that we have an ambulance out here to reduce our response time," said Bobby Watkins, Lee County EMS Director.

County leaders expect the addition will cut response times in the area by eight minutes and say it could mean the difference between life and death for some patients.

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