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After 18 Years, Bladenboro EMS Chief Retires

Bladenboro EntranceThe EMS Service is a career that can be very rewarding as well as very demanding. Many volunteers choose an EMS career because of their desire to help others in their time of need.

Bladenboro EMS Chief Josh Parker, has volunteered his time for 18 years.

“Chief Josh Parker has been a huge asset to Bladenboro EMS and to the community,” said Shirley Hunt.

According to Hunt, Chief Parker recently announced his decision to retire, to the members of the Bladenboro EMS during a monthly meeting.

Hunt said Chief Parker was very active with the squad and would sometimes pull 24 to 48 hour or longer shifts.

“Chief Parker is a wonderful Paramedic with a passion for his work and compassion for his patients,” said Hunt.

Bladen County Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw said he and Chief Parker obtained their EMT certifications together.

“He will be missed,” said Kinlaw.

Chief Parker is credited with helping Bladenboro EMS obtain Paramedic level certification.

“He made sure his members were prepared,” said Kinlaw.

Chief Parker was recalled by both Hunt and Kinlaw as always willing to help and offer his assistance whenever he could.

Bladen County EMS Chief David Howell said he has worked alongside of Chief Parker for eight years.

“I’m going to miss him. He was very dedicated to the citizens. He was very compassionate,” said Howell.

He said Chief Parker was well known in the community and upheld Christian principals.

Howell said when Chief Parker was on duty, Bladenboro EMS would often assist Bladen County EMS with calls. He said when Bladen County EMS was swamped with calls, Chief Parker and the Bladenboro EMS were ready to offer back up.

Chief Parker’s call number “2012” is scheduled to be retired in January.

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