May 16-22, 2021 is EMS Week — which is a perfect time to honor the front line heroes dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves lives every day.
The 2021 EMS Week theme is “THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities.” This theme is particularly meaningful following a year like 2020, to remind people that every day these men and women are still here to respond, support, and care for the needs of our communities.
The Lennox Area Ambulance would like to sincerely thank the community for their participation in this year’s Fundraiser. Even with the COVID precautions and lack of a meal, the Ambulance was still able to raise almost $22,000 that will be used to purchase more equipment and provide training for the crew.
Alan Perry, Director of EMS for the Lennox Area Ambulance, said, “Thank you again. It’s amazing to serve such an amazing community.”
Meet the Lennox Area Ambulance Crew:
Angela Cuka has served as an EMT for the Lennox Area Ambulance for one year.
She said, “I enjoy the medical field and helping people in my local community.”
Angela’s favorite part is getting to meet and help people in their most needed time.
When not working or volunteering with the Lennox Area Ambulance, Angela volunteers with the Parker and Marion Ambulance. She also is busy running her three kids to various activities.
Logan Fischer has served as an EMT for the Lennox Area Ambulance for over a year.
She said “I love adrenaline, and getting the opportunity to help people.”
Logan’s favorite part is the fact that you never know what you’re going to get.
When not working or volunteering with the Lennox Area Ambulance, Logan enjoys hiking and traveling.
Ignacio Larios has served as an EMT-B for the Lennox Area Ambulance for over a year.
He said “I want to make a difference and help my community.”
Ignacio’s favorite part is knowing that whenever that pager goes off, he has the opportunity to help someone and learn something so he can better help his community in the future.
When not working or volunteering with the Lennox Area Ambulance, Ignacio is a full time student at Augustana University, studying Biology.
Shelly Hup has served as a volunteer RN/EMT for the Lennox Area Ambulance for three years.
She said, “My dad worked in EMS when I was a kid and when I turned 18 the local ambulance was in desperate need for EMTs and approached me about taking an EMR class. I soon realized that I enjoyed working on the ambulance and went on further.”
Shelly’s favorite part is the team of people that work for Lennox. “It also helped me to learn many things that have helped me out in the career.”
When not working or volunteering with the Lennox Area Ambulance, Shelly works at the Sanford ED as an RN and while not working, she spends her time at home with her two dogs.
James Johnson has served as an EMT for the Lennox Area Ambulance for almost nine years.
He said “Both my dad and grandma volunteered with their local ambulance when I was growing up so it was something I had been around for quite a while. After taking the EMT course, I knew it was going to be something that I enjoyed doing and it was a way for me to give back.”
James’ doesn’t have just one favorite part about being involved with the Ambulance, but it’s a combination of every day being different, the camaraderie with the other members, and at the end of the day knowing that someone’s life is a little better because they were there to help.