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EMS Week: Honoring frontline workers during a pandemic

Casey Torres
Created: May 20, 2020 09:49 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The importance of EMS Week has been put in the spotlight because of COVID-19.

It’s more than paramedics who deserve a big thanks.

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“Our dispatchers, our logistics technicians — you know, everyone that is involved in EMS. Because it’s not just the people in the ambulances. It’s everybody,” said Kelly Gabriele, the deputy chief of specialized services for Albuquerque Ambulance.

Gabriele also manages Presbyterian’s Community Paramedicine Program. She said her team is on the frontlines helping people who can’t leave their homes.

Seven tenured paramedics respond to calls from patients in Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval and Torrance counties. They drive out to their homes to care for them.

Gabriele said more than 40 COVID-19 swab tests have been done by her team. The program has also helped over 100 patients fighting cancer who have compromised immune systems.

The Paramedicine Program keeps them from having to leave their homes and risking their health.

“We have had no one leave during this time. Everyone has been together. Everyone has really kind of come together as a group and do what we think of, when we think of EMS and heroes,” said Gabriele.

She said they’re working around the clock. With the restrictions in place, they can’t celebrate properly, but two simple words from anyone can show them how much they’re appreciated.

“That simple ‘thank you’ just means the world for most of us,” she said.


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