Grand Junction thanks paramedics

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The City of Grand Junction is celebrating all the hard work the Grand Junction Fire Department Paramedics and EMT’s do on a daily basis.

They are taking the week of May 19- May 23rd to thank them for all the lives they have saved.

In 2009 paramedics/EMTs responded to nearly 11,300 calls, and more than half of them were for injuries or health related.

The GJFD Paramedics may seem relaxed when they are not on a call but as soon as the bell rings they’re all business.

“If it comes in as a difficulty breathing or chest pain we have a good idea of we have prepared for before we ever get there, so in route you're kind of preparing mentally for what you’re going to be doing when you arrive on scene," said Firefighter/EMT Sling Herrman.

They seem like heroes to many when they show up to help people in need, but to them it’s just another day on the job.

“It’s a second home with people that care about you as much as your family does and also being to help different people there's something really satisfying about helping other," said Paramedic Ryan Rice.

On Wednesday the city will be hosting all of the local firefighter’s, EMT's, and Paramedics in a picnic that the community is invited to, where they will be giving out awards to those who have saved lives.

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