As the post in the Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District (JPASD) Facebook post said “sometimes there is no substitute for snow cones and water slides in the sun.” To add to that, it is even better when you can enjoy fun like this with your family.
On Saturday, June 3rd, a great time was enjoyed by all in attendance at the “Employee and Family Fun Day” held at the JPASD Training Center, located at 107 Watts Street in Jonesboro. The day of revelry allowed for much more than just a chance to let the kids play on the water slides and bounce houses, It also gave the employees and their family members a rare opportunity to come together to share feelings.
In reality an EMT has two “families”. They have their “professional” family of dedicated people who they spend hours upon hours with working closely together in the effort to save lives. Then they also have their more traditional version of “home” family consisting of wives, husbands and children.
It takes a special type of person to respond to the worst kind of situations imaginable on a daily basis. They spend hours away from their loved ones without complaint always ready to respond in a minutes notice and have the rare ability to not allow their “work” affect their home life.
It also takes special people to be the supporters of these brave first responders at home. They are the ones who listen to the things difficult to express, provide understanding to the pain felt and give selfless sacrifice by making the home a comfortable and safe place of refuge.
It is the support given by the “home” family, that allows the “professional” family to do what is required at the best of their ability.
Appreciation is given to the Director Aaron Johnson and the administration of the JPASD for recognizing the importance of bringing the two “families” together. Both play a vital role in keeping the residents of Jackson Parish safe and both are to be commended for their service.
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