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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 17, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College Monday dedicated a new center for emergency responders in honor of an Albany doctor who started the first EMT training program at Albany Tech and in the state.

When 350 students return to classes in January, they'll return to the Charles B. Gillespie Center for Emergency Responders. The building is equipped with the latest technology. Dr. Gillespie taught the first EMT course at Albany Tech in 1972.

Monday, he got emotional about the building named in his honor that emergency responders say makes the community safer.

"A dream come true, a big dream come true," said Dr. Charles Gillespie.

"We now have one of the finest training facilities in the state of Georgia and we'll be able to receive better trained people to provide ambulance service to the people of Dougherty County," said Bobby Tripp, Dougherty County EMS Director.

The training center now houses the Fire Science, EMT, Paramedic and Law Enforcement Technology programs.

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