The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating Emergency Medical Services Week this week with events organized around the theme “EMS Strong, Beyond the Call.”
WVU Medicine will honor local emergency-medical services providers in the Eastern Panhandle during the national celebration.
Berkeley and Jefferson medical centers will host cookouts for EMS personnel during the week.
“The emergency department staffs at both hospitals recognize the value and the accomplishments of our EMS providers,” Donnie Grubb, trauma coordinator for Berkeley Medical Center, said in a news release. “EMS workers provide a vital, invaluable public service that saves lives every day.”
EMS personnel include paramedics, emergency-medical technicians, first responders, firefighters and police officers — some paid and others volunteer.
“Regardless of how we celebrate, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize all in EMS for the integral role they play in the health care system and in our communities,” Denise Carter, nurse director of emergency and trauma services at Jefferson Medical Center, said in the release.
The name of a kayaker killed Sunday at the Cheat River by a falling tree has been released by the State Division of Natural Resources.
Andy Malinoski, Press Secretary – Media Relations, for the Office of Marketing & Communications, identified the victim Tuesday as David Treadaway, of Dundalk, Md.
Preston Sheriff Dan Loughrie shared information from Preston 911, which received the emergency call. The call reported the incident occurred near Seven Islands, south of the Macomber area.
The initial report to 911 was that there was one fatality, one head injury and one with unknown injuries, “however not as severe as the other two.”
“There were some storms that went through the county near that time frame, however unsure if that was the cause of the fall,” according to 911.
Preston County Fire/EMS, the Preston County Swift Water Rescue Team, Tucker County Boat Team and HealthNet aeromedical responded.
According to Malinoski, the three men were on a float trip in kayaks from Parsons to Macomber, during a storm.
A small fire Wednesday afternoon has temporarily displaced several residents of an apartment building in Parkersburg, authorities said.
Parkersburg firefighters responded to the fire at 2717 Bird St. about 3:45 p.m., according to Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews.
Matthews said one person who was having trouble breathing was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center to be checked.
Matthews said the American Red Cross was called to assist four families who lived in the building because electricity had to be turned off, and that two other families were staying with relatives.
“There was overall an estimated $10,000 in damage and everyone should be clear to return tomorrow or the next day,” Matthews said Wednesday.
The cause of fire, which was in the void space above the ceiling of the first-floor apartment, is still under investigation.
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