Pitt County celebrates National EMS Week - WNCT

Pitt County celebrates National EMS Week

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Monday marked the beginning of National Emergency Management Services Week.

While hundreds of first responders are hitting the ground trying to help out in Oklahoma, EMS crews here in Pitt County know exactly what it's like to have to deal with disaster situations.

As the first ones there when an emergency happens, EMS workers here in the East say it's all about helping people.

Greg White is the Pitt County Paramedic Supervisor. He's been a paramedic for 16 years; so, he's seen tragedies and triumphs. One of he's most memorable victories involved delivering a baby on highway 264.

"[A]family had lost a baby in a car accident on 264 almost to the day and year later they were driving from Washington here, and they were caught in a snowstorm. So it was very cold a situation, but mom baby did well," says White.

Though it's a difficult job, White says it's all about saving lives.

"Having somebody die on you and you do your job. You do CPR, you shock them, they sit up, and they start talking to you. That happened twice in my 16-year career, and it's very rewarding," says White.

"But the folks that do this job didn't go into for recognition.Knowing that you did a good thing, knowing that you helped someone in their time of need, that's what pays dividends for folks. That's what brings people into the profession," says Pitt County EMS Coordinator, Jack Cote.

This is the 31st Annual National EMS Week. It runs through Saturday, May 25th.

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