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Jefferson County's service standouts recognized

October 19, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

RANSON, W.Va. - James O. Carter Jr. spends his days behind the wheel of a large truck hauling around powdered cement, and many of his nights driving an ambulance.

Carter was unanimously nominated as Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co.'s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Provider of the Year.

He was one of several EMS providers, firefighters, police officers and others recognized Tuesday night during the fifth annual Public Service Recognition Banquet sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

The event was held in a banquet room at Charles Town Races & Slots.

Carter joined the fire department around a year ago after his oldest son, Christopher Carter, became a junior member.

He now serves as the third person on ambulance calls, often driving, loading and unloading patients and making sure the medical personnel on board have everything they need when they need it, said the company's ambulance chief, Teresa Edwards.

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Carter is now taking a first responder course and could one day become an EMT-basic, Edwards said.

Helping people is Carter's motivation, he said.

He said a memorable moment happened after an 84-year-old woman called. She couldn't breathe when the ambulance arrived, but Carter and the other members of the ambulance crew used oxygen to get her breathing again.

"Three days later she came up to me and hugged me. Best experience of my life," Carter said.

Just about every night Carter volunteers to be on call and on many nights he has to get out of bed, sometimes more than once, to answer a call for help, Edwards said.

"Without him we might not have an ambulance out every night," she said.

So far this year, volunteers with Blue Ridge Fire Co. have responded to more than 400 calls, Edwards said.

All of those honored during the banquet were nominated by their departments and each received a plaque.

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