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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:35 AM


Putnam County:

Please vote YES for the Putnam County EMS levy. On Feb. 6, 2011, I became a survivor thanks in large part to Putnam County EMS. While passing through Columbus Grove, I experienced a sudden onset of cardiac arrest. My husband stopped at a local business where bystanders began CPR while Columbus Grove EMS rapidly responded to provide advance life support. All of these people played a part in the “Chain of Survival” that saved my life. If any one of those links would not have been there or been delayed in responding, my story would have a drastically different ending.

Unfortunately, not every cardiac arrest, stroke or accident can have a positive outcome like mine did. But we can make sure all the necessary tools are in place so more of those good outcomes are possible. The rapid response and trained bystanders were critical to my survival. Voting YES on the levy will help in both of those areas by: increasing EMS volunteer interest by giving a $2/hour raise for those on runs, hiring more full-time EMTs to help the volunteers and provide money for CPR and First Aid classes.

I spent several years as a member of Ottawa EMS working with caring EMTs all over Putnam County, but it wasn’t until my incident that I realized what an impact this wonderful EMS system can have in the lives of the residents in our county.

Please help keep Putnam County EMS strong by voting YES on Nov. 5.

Linda Llewellyn




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