Community of Hale Center raises money for better trained EMTs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/09

Community of Hale Center raises money for better trained EMTs

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The West Texas town of Hale Center will see more paramedics instead of just medical technicians thanks to the generosity of its residents. Community members raised almost $44,000 in support of its Emergency Medical Services. Saturday, the organizers unveiled a billboard of contributors, and expressed their appreciation to everyone who contributed to the fund.

"Normally we pay minimum wage for our EMTs that are on duty, but now we'll be able to pay the much higher salary for paramedics. That's what we're holding this money in reserve for," said organizer Brian Keith Moon. 

Moon tells NewsChannel 11 it's important to raise the money to pay better trained paramedics because Hale Center is 20-minutes away from the nearest hospital, Covenant Plainview.

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