A job well done

Published 4:11 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

WINTON – It’s late at night, you’re hurting in your chest, having a hard time breathing and you’re scared!

Or you’ve just been in an accident, dazed and bleeding. Someone runs up and says hold on I’m going to call for help.

Who gets the call in these cases? If you live in Hertford County you are fortunate because a call to 911 puts you in touch with the Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, managed by James Broglin, and staffed by Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, drivers, and office support personnel who serve the county 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a clear day, rainy weather, whatever is thrown at them, these heroes answer the calls. These public servants help citizens and visitors to the county.

Recently, the Carotel Club, a group made up of former and current telephone employees, recognized the men and women of Hertford County EMS for their efforts. At the event, each member was individually recognized for their service; the squad received a Certificate of Appreciation; and was presented a hand carved thank you plaque, followed by a pulled pork meal.

“When you see any of these fine folks on the job, or even off the job, give them a thank you because in your time of need that will be the last thing on your mind, but you will be glad they are there,” said Carotel Club member Chester Harrell.

Other projects of the Carotel Club have included The Elizabeth Bland Scholarship that was awarded to local student Riley Barnes in 2022, and Mobil Smoke House used in Fire Safety.

Local members of the Carotel Club include Harrell, and Larry Newsome, retired from CenturyLink, and Brent Barnes currently with BriteSpeed.