PALMER — CareFlite has recognized the Palmer Volunteer Fire Department with a Meritorious Service Award.

In presenting the award, CareFlite president and CEO James C. Swartz spoke of the importance of volunteer fire companies and volunteers in rural communities.

Commissioner Pct. 1 Dennis Robinson, a resident of Palmer, represented Ellis County at the ceremony, with Palmer Fire Chief Ricky McElhaney accepting the award on behalf of the department.

Palmer VFD was nominated for the award by CareFlite EMT James Shelton. The nomination read:

“On Dec. 23, 2007, my partner and I had the pleasure of working alongside a few of the Palmer VFD responders. We were returning a patient home just in time for the holidays and were in need of lift assistance getting the patient into the house and settled in. While unloading the patient the responders knew just exactly how the task had to be performed to safely get the patient back to her room and into her bed.

“I was totally impressed with the performance of these members,” the nomination continued. “The responders were prompt, professional, knowledgeable about the task at hand, worked efficiently, caring towards the patient, courteous and, most importantly, they worked safely. The members showed their true dedication to their community, and towards an outside agency. Without the help of the Palmer VFD the safe return of the patient wouldn’t have been possible. It was my pleasure to have worked alongside such an outstanding group of professionals.”

CareFlite, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Grand Prairie, has provided air ambulance services to communities like Palmer throughout North Texas since 1979, when it was founded. Since its inception, more than 375,000 air and ground patients have been transported.

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