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Recognize Your Local Heroes

POSTED May 18, 2010 8:50 p.m.

Dear Editor,

This week, May 16-22, is EMS Week, a time to recognize the unsung heroes who come to our aid when we dial 9-1-1 in a crisis. Residents of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Stanislaus Counties are fortunate to live in a place that has successfully implemented a system of care to address severe heart attacks. This means that when you or someone experiences a heart attack and calls 9-1-1, you are activating that system and care starts immediately. Research shows that such systems save lives and help survivors achieve the best possible outcomes.

Every day my work reminds me of the importance of the chain of survival — from that first emergency call through arrival of EMS professionals to treatment at a hospital ready to receive them. I have met countless volunteers and supporters of the American Heart Association whose timely care in a system such as yours made the difference for them and their families. Please join me in thanking your Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Stanislaus County hometown heroes for all that they do to improve emergency health care in your community.

Roman J. Bowser

Executive Vice President

American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate

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