It's not every day that emergency responders get a chance to meet face to face with the people they save during their career...for Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's District 2 and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services' Medic 1 that happened Friday afternoon around a firehouse kitchen table.
On December 27, 2014, MFRD and RCEMS responded to the home of Ross and Alice Clinton. Ross was experiencing a serious medical issue and Alice called 9-1-1 for assistance. Due to the quick and efficient response of the departments, Ross received the medical care that he needed and has made nearly a full recovery from what was an extremely life-threatening condition.
One day in April while eating lunch, MFRD Assistant Chief of Medical Services Kim Lawson was approached by Ross. He shared his story with her and his interest in doing something nice to thank the responders that played a major role in saving his life.
Ross and Alice and two of their children, Catherine and Phillip, brought a full spread of food for all the emergency responders and their coworkers to MFRD's Station 2. After introductions between the family and responders, Ross told his story and described his recovery process.
He said he does not remember much about the incident. However, he knows from what his family members told him that he received great care. Most importantly to him, his wife and children were comforted during those very scary moments.
Alice said that the responders were a true gift and made her feel at ease from the beginning. "It was something to see the departments operate proficiently and professionally as a metropolitan department would, but with the empathy, care, and compassion of a small town department," she said. "The fact that they pulled it off with ease leads me to believe that this is how the departments operate on a daily basis. We wanted to make sure that it did not go unnoticed or unappreciated," she continued.
"We are very grateful for the positive outcome for Mr. Clinton that resulted from the teamwork of MFRD and RCEMS," said Assistant Chief Lawson. "Our responders, though they save lives every day, do not always get to hear the outcome. We thank the Clintons for sharing their story and for generously showing their appreciation."