Tracey Gunn: Thanks for the help |

Tracey Gunn: Thanks for the help

I would like to thank the many people that helped make the Second Annual EMS Community BBQ a great success. The community enjoyed great music, dancing and interactions with EMS professionals of all levels and agencies. The community was introduced to Moffat County’s newest mascot, Terry the Trauma-saurus. Citizens also were greeted by St. Mary’s Sadie the Safety-saurus and the National Forest’s best friend, Smokey Bear.

In recognition of EMS week, both city council and the county commissioners signed a proclamation designating May 19 to 25 as National EMS Week. At the BBQ, a moment of silence was observed to honor all fallen EMS professionals who lost their lives trying to save another, and the children released balloons in memory of fallen EMS professionals.

Special guests Danette Lurvey, registered nurses and Sadie taught children safety tips for summer activities, especially the importance of wearing helmets while riding bicycles. Lynn Barclay, from Bureau of Land Management, and Smokey Bear taught children safety tips about campfire rules and fire safety. Terry the Trauma-saurus reminded children to practice playground safety and always wear seatbelts when riding in a vehicle.

Brooke Behrman-Hankins, with The Memorial Hospital pediatrics, taught children of all ages basic first aid at the Splint-A-Bear station. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Chris Lorio was available for instruction on car seat safety and Dan Bingham and Gerry LaBonte shared information and services of the American Red Cross.

With the assistance of TMH Facilities Director Dave Mucha, the community was able to watch safely St. Mary’s CareFlight Helicopter land and take off. Terry the Trauma-saurus and Smokey Bear led children and the families to see inside the helicopter and learn about the different equipment St. Mary’s flight crews use to care for patients during the 30 minute flight from TMH to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

A special thank you to the following sponsors for their donations and contributions that helped make the 2013 EMS Community BBQ a triumph: KC and Errica Hume with KE Concepts, Wolf’s Tattoos, Inside Out Sports, Colorado West Bottled Water, McDonalds, KS Kreations, Carelli’s, Gallaxy, Downtown Books, The Kitchen Shop, Brothers, Chaos Ink, JW Snacks, OP Bar and Grill, WalMart, Health Works, Murdock’s, Zumba Fitness, City Market, Mauka Café and Bakery and Northwest Tack/Raeann Hadley.

Tracey Gunn

TMH-EMS, Community Event Coordinator