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Local first responders kick off National EMS Week

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- National EMS Week got underway Sunday as Adams County Ambulance hosted it’s kick-off event at the Quincy Town Center.

The annual EMS Day celebration serves as a chance for people to come out and learn about what first responders do.

Officials said this week takes on an increased importance after a year when EMS personnel have taken on new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We try to keep any of our calls very personal and that’s hard to do when you’re covered in a mask and everything else so this is a great time for the public to get back engaged and get to meet all these providers when they’re not stressed about an illness or something like that,” Adams County Ambulance operations deputy chief Alex Ussery said.

Officials said there won’t be additional community events people usually see this week due to COVID-19 restrictions, but local groups will be honoring first responders for their hard work.

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