Lake Emergency Medical Services’ “Sirens for the Season” Project to provide Christmas Joy for Foster Children in Lake County
Nothing is more heartwarming than the smile of a child unwrapping a gift on Christmas morning. Lake Emergency Medical Services (Lake EMS) employees believe that every child should have reasons to smile on Christmas. So, this year the employees at Lake EMS are kicking off a new “Sirens for the Season” project which will provide Christmas gifts to children in the Lake County foster care system.
As executive director Jerry Smith explains, “The Lake EMS family is very generous and we expect they will provide gifts for the foster children as quickly as they are identified. Other Lake EMS needy children’s holiday projects have been extremely successful due to the support and involvement of our employees. Our own Santa will deliver the gifts in one of our ambulances which is always a thrill for the kids.”
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Erica Braddock (left) honored by the Optimist Club of Leesburg
Erica Braddock, Lake EMS Telecommunicator I, was honored at the Respect for Emergency Services Recognition Dinner held on October 29, 2013 at the Golden Corral. Once a year, the Optimist Club of Leesburg honors Emergency Service personnel who have done an outstanding job in service to the community.
Erica Braddock was recognized for her role as a calm, cool and collected Telecommunicator throughout the Blue Rhino explosion response and aftermath. Her professionalism and grace under pressure were critical to the proper response to this emergency from both EMS and Fire Rescue and to the outcome of the event as a whole.
Erica was honored with a plaque from the Optimist Club of Leesburg and complimentary dinners for her husband Brian and supervisor Dustin Sheckler. Congratulations Erica on a well-deserved award!