ALBANY, GA (WALB) - New leadership changes are coming to Dougherty County Emergency Management Services.
After 36 years, EMS Director Greg Rowe is retiring.
And his successor, Sam Allen, has been working closely with him to make sure it's a smooth transition.
Saying goodbye to the ambulance sirens won't be easy for EMS Director Greg Rowe whose spent the last 30 plus years handling emergency calls.
"We've had a great county commission and they've been very supportive and I'm going to miss working with those guys," said Rowe.
Initially starting out as a firemen, Rowe said the moment he stepped foot in an EMT training class, "we rode the ambulance one night and I was hooked," and the rest was history.
But one thing he won't miss are emergency calls involving kids.
"The kid ended up dying in the emergency room but you know things like that are really hard to swallow," remarked Rowe.
To this day, the horrific experience still keeps Rowe up at night.
For the past few weeks, Rowe has reviewed the budget with his successor Sam Allen.
"With his leadership and direction I followed that path and it made storm number two much easier to tackle," said Allen.
Allen is learning how to deal with the county's second largest budget which took a big hit after the storms.
Since accepting the position, Allen has worked closely with Rowe.
"He immediately said Monday morning, 8 o'clock in the office you're starting your transition," explained Allen.
"Sam has taken a lot of initiative over the years to come in and ask me a lot of questions," remarked Rowe.
And Allen hopes his 23 years of experience will help him succeed.
Sam Allen plans to maintain the rich heritage of Dougherty County EMS and help move the department into the future with telemedicine and mobile healthcare systems.
EMS staff will be throwing Greg Rowe a retirement party next week!
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