Hundreds of local EMT and paramedics gathered at University Medical Center on Saturday for the South Plains EMS Conference.
It was a somber day for many, though, as one of the founding fathers of Lubbock EMS wasn't there.
Jim Majorowski, also known as "Major," was the face of local EMS. He was the 13th medic in Lubbock. Now, there are 143.
"If you're an EMT or firefighter in the South Plains region you know Major," said Jim Waters, Director of South Plains EMS.
"If you want to know the nuts and bolts and where rubber meets the road as far as Emergency Medical Services, than man could take you there," Mike Deloach, Chairman of South Plains EMS, said.
"He was the kind of true grit, that gritty guy, the one that's been on the streets a long time, had that knowledge of working in the streets. He scared you to death initially but once you got to know him...how kind of a teddy bear he was," said Chris Teague, Director of University Medical Center EMS.
Majorowski died last week in a car accident.
He was a leader in EMS at the hospital, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a teacher at South Plains College.
Long-time friend and former coworker Deloach said Majorowski touched the lives of thousands across the South Plains.
"The people who Jim taught, they became instructors and now they're teaching people," Deloach said. "Then there are several generations there - tens of thousands of people that are saving lives because of that one man."
Majorowski's friends tell us he died on Sunday in a car accident that was resulted from a heart condition. He was 70 years old.
His funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on 98th and Frankford. It is open to the public.
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