No one wants to have emergency medical services (EMS) show up at their front door. But when it’s necessary, it’s nice to know the technicians (EMTs) on call are well-trained, knowledgeable and dedicated to helping their neighbors.

Next week, May 20-26, is National EMS Week, a time to recognize and thank the thousands who share their time and talents to help keep their communities safe. EMTs blend compassion with an ability to quickly assess difficult situations and deliver vital, often life-saving care under extraordinarily stressful circumstances.

Even more remarkable is the fact that Weston EMS is an all-volunteer organization — the 40-plus people who serve the town 24/7 don’t do it for money or recognition. They do it because they care.

But Weston EMS deserves recognition, and needs money. It is through the generosity of the entire community — everyone giving because they can, not because they must — that EMS is able to deliver top-quality care at virtually no cost to residents who need it. There is no charge for ambulance calls, no charge for services or treatment. Free emergency services is a special gift in times of crisis.

Weston EMS responded to 620 calls for service last year. In addition, they offer training in CPR, AED, and baby-sitting, safety education, and other programs for children and adults. EMTs are at every sports game and at community events like the Memorial Day race, parade and fair. This Saturday, in honor or EMS Week, Weston EMS is giving free blood pressure screenings at Weston Shopping Center from 9 to 1. It’s one of many ways EMS is there for the community.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for the community to say thank you — literally. Stop by on Saturday and shake the hands of those who have stepped up to serve you when you need it most. Express your gratitude for the work they do — kind words and recognition go a long way toward rejuvenating and reinforcing anyone’s commitment.

And while you’re there, make your own commitment to EMS — a commitment to give generously to support one of the town’s most important organizations. EMS receives no funds from the town for its state-of-the-art equipment or training, supplies, expenses, or maintenance costs. Donations are tax deductible. Go online to westonems.com or mail to Weston EMS, P.O. Box 1163, Weston CT 06883. It’s the best way to say thank you.

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