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Lake-Sumter EMS Holds Benefit Yard Sale for National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

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altThe Lake-Sumter EMS Memorial Bike Team will ride again!  Last spring our 6-member team participated for the first time in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR).  The team found the experience to be so rewarding, both personally and in raising awareness of EMS heroes, that they are committed to riding again this spring. The 450-mile National EMS Memorial Bike Ride takes place May 14-21, 2011 and begins in Boston, MA and culminates in Washington, DC for a final gathering.  The Lake-Sumter EMS Memorial Bike team has been training for several months now; they are honing their riding skills and looking forward to this great opportunity again! 

The NEMSMBR is designed to honor Emergency Medical Services personnel and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.  Lake-Sumter EMS’ participation this year will once again honor Capt. David DeLand who passed away on duty in November 2009 and our team will proudly ride in his memory.

Our team members share the vision of the NEMSMBR to see recognition of EMS as a profession, a reduction in debilitating injuries and line of duty deaths in EMS and a national EMS accountability system. We are excited to join them in focusing attention on the accomplishments of all EMS personnel, and educating the community at large about the need for improved safety standards, injury prevention, disability tracking and death benefits for EMS personnel and their families.

The Second Annual Benefit Yard Sale for the Lake-Sumter EMS Memorial Bike Team will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 beginning at 8 a.m.  The sale will be held in the parking lot at Lake-Sumter EMS’ Administration Office, 2761 W Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora.  (Rain delay date is March 19, 2011). Funds raised at the Benefit Yard Sale will be used to offset the cost of the team’s participation in the 450-mile ride and proceeds will be donated to the NEMSMBR’s Fallen Angels Fund.  Monies in the Fallen Angels Fund are distributed to the families of line of duty death providers via scholarships or direct distributions.  DONATIONS:  If you have good, used items to donate to the benefit yard sale bring donations to Administration between now and the date of the sale.

Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2000 by Lake and Sumter Counties to provide quality, community-based EMS services.  The agency operates 28 Advanced Life Support units from stations located throughout both Lake and Sumter counties.  The company is governed by a Board of Directors headed by Chairman Welton G. Cadwell.  Jim Judge serves as Executive Director with administrative offices located at 2761 W. Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora, Florida.  The public can contact Mr. Judge at 352-383-4554 or 352-516-1532.

 

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