To the editor:

Putnam County EMS is placing a tax levy on the November ballot to help hire additional full-time EMT's and paramedics. Why, you ask? Because volunteer squads have all but gone away. Up until 1998, PCEMS was 100 percent volunteer. Recent changes in the economy and the aging of our volunteers has made it necessary to employ additional full time EMT's and paramedics. PCEMS has been self-sufficient for many years and has never gone to the voters for operating monies, until now. The state requires hours and hours of continuing education which in turn puts a time crunch on the volunteer who tries to maintain a full-time job, family and social life.

Fifteen years ago Putnam County EMS took a "leap of faith" and created the Medic 300 program. In 1998, Steve Odenweller, PCEMS Coordinator, was looking to the future for the improvement of emergency care for the people of Putnam County and he continues to enhance that idea every year since. I trust that Mr. Odenweller once again has the best interest of Putnam County when he asks the voters for money. Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor by voting YES for the EMS on Nov. 5.


Joann Gerdeman

The Original Medic 300