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UF Trauma and EMS Providers Honored as Heroes

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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UF Trauma and EMS Providers Honored as Heroes

Coordinated effort saved life of EMS administrator’s sister


Perry Blackburn, Ware County EMS Coordinator

Office (912) 287-4454

Cell (912) 550-5607

Waycross, Ga.  ̶   Ware County emergency medical service (EMS) providers, 9-1-1 dispatchers, Waycross police officers and fire-rescue, Air Evac 90 crew members, and UF Health Jacksonville trauma personnel will be honored next month by a family with close ties to the EMS community. The “Heroes Thank You” will highlight the importance of coordination among emergency agencies when it comes to helping the community.

In February 2016, the sister of Ware County EMS Coordinator Perry Blackburn was involved in a serious car accident. Through the efforts of multiple agencies and citizens her life was saved. On February 7, 2017 at 10 a.m., Gina Blackburn and her family will honor those involved in her rescue and care at a ceremony in Waycross.

EMTs, paramedics, firefighters law enforcement officers, nurses, technicians, and physicians respond to emergencies and tragedies like this one as part of their duty and calling in life. Most will tell you that they have their dream job, coming to the aid of those in need. They all face dangers and even possible loss of life in rescuing and treating others. But the most difficult part of the job may be when the person or people they are helping aren’t strangers but rather family members or friends.

Perry Blackburn, a paramedic along with being the EMS coordinator, experienced that situation. His service responded to a vehicle crash involving his sister. She had been in a serious crash, requiring fire-rescue to extricate her from the vehicle. Her injuries were very serious. Ware EMS called for an air ambulance, AirEvac 90 from Douglas, Georgia, to transport Perry’s sister to TraumaOne at UF Health Jacksonville.

After her initial treatment to stabilize life-threatening injuries, she underwent surgery, followed by a long stay in the Transitional Care Unit (TCU), the rehabilitation center at UF Health Jacksonville. She has since recovered and has returned home to her family.

“All Waycross and Ware County Public Safety organizations, along with AirEvac 90 and UF Health, did an outstanding job with my sister's care,” said Perry Blackburn. “That is what EMS is all about, reducing disability and saving lives.”

The Feb. 7 ceremony is a reunion of patient with those involved in saving her life. TraumaOne  and other public safety individuals will be receiving a thank you plaque as part of the ceremony. Staff and physicians from UF Health Jacksonville will be in Waycross to accept the presentation.