BRAWLEY -Â Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals from across the Valley enjoyed a Â two-man scramble Saturday, May 23, at Del Rio Country Club in Brawley.
Community sponsors and first responders came together for a competitive round of golf on the last day of National EMS Week, a week set aside by the American College of Emergency Physicians each year to celebrate those first responders who serve communities nationwide.
Danielle Walls of El Centro Regional Medical Center and Daniel Lopez from REACH Air Medical, along with their associates organizedÂ the event, which they are hoping to repeat annually.
In the past, EMS professionals and their families have been invited to picnics and softball games, but Walls and Lopez decided to put on an event for 2015 that would celebrate first responders on a larger scale, while catering to their interests.
Lopez, Valley native and flight paramedic for REACH, said, â€œWe wanted to do something big, where we could recognize our EMS responders as well as the community members who support them.â€
â€œItâ€™s a good time to enjoy and relax,â€ he said.
The day consisted of a complimentary breakfast for the golfers, along with lunch, raffles, and gifts for those participating.
Walls said, â€œThis is a time for (EMS responders) to get the recognition they deserve and the â€˜thank youâ€™ that they often donâ€™t hear.â€