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Local Businesses Show Appreciation to EMS and Other First Responders During COVID-19 Pandemic

This week is the 46th annual National EMS Week, according to National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Two local businesses took time out show apprecitation to first reponders.

Beth Foster started a First Responder Project with her Tupperware business.

Foster said, “The idea was to award some of the first responders in the area, just a small gift of appreciation for just really being there for us during these times.”

She continued, “We have people who are mainly just anxious about the virus, and of course, we do have people here with it, so they’re taking a risk.”

Elizabethtown and White Lake residents contributed to the project. Foster delivered Tupperware mugs wrapped as gifts and gave them to the EMS responders.

Foster delivered 54 mugs that were donated to the cause.

Then on Wednesday, this week, Elizabethtown Walmart manager, Blake Davis, showed his appreciation to the first responders by giving a $100 Gift Card to Elizabethtown Fire Chief, Nick West, for the fire and rescue personnel.

A Salute in Photos of Bladen County EMS

Davis said he wanted to show his appreciation to the first responders for helping out, especially during this pandemic. He said, “They have worked so hard at the things they do, so I wanted to help them out.”

10 Ways To Celebrate EMS Practitioners, according to NAEMT.

  • Feed your team’s soul with lunch (or breakfast or dinner)!
  • Give out goody bags and other swag
  • Treat your team to discounts at select spots
  • Arrange dunk tanks and magic shows
  • Recognize a CPR save
  • Create an “EMT or Paramedic of the Year” award
  • Visit a school or youth organization
  • Bring in a speaker
  • Honor fallen EMS personnel
  • Light the Empire State building
  • Say thank you
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