Emergency medical technicians save lives when seconds count. Medic One has provided emergency care in our area since the late 1960's, and the Medic One Foundation has provided the funding for crucial training and other programs for emergency response workers in King County and other communities across Western Washington.
Tomorrow night, the Medic One Foundation will salute those who have supported their efforts, including NBA Hall of Famer, inspirational leader and philanthropist Lenny Wilkens; Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, Chief Pilot for Boeing Flight Services and the first woman to pilot a 747-400 and 777 planes; and actor Randolph Mantooth, who starred in the groundbreaking television series Emergency! from 1972 to 1979. The series placed the battle to create paramedic services front and center, as well as spotlighting how emergency responders can help save lives, especially when time is of the essence. According to published reports, when Emergency debuted in 1972, there were just six paramedic units operating in pilot programs in the US, including Medic One in Seattle. By the time the show ended in 1979, there were paramedics operating in all fifty states.
Lenny Wilkens and Randolph Mantooth joined Margaret to talk about their passion to continue advocating for emergency responders and programs like Medic One (Lenny's wifeMarilyn was instrumental in helpingMedic One expand from Seattle to the Eastside). Paramedics Mike Coolidge (ShorelineMedic One)and Mike Hilley (Redmond Medic One) also joined the conversation, focusing on the upcoming ballot measure to renew a property tax levy to fund Medic One services in King County.
The Lifesavers and Legends event is tomorrow (Friday, October 18) from 5:30 - 10:00pm at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. For more information, please click here.
Learn more about the property tax levy to renew funding for Medic One services in King County by clicking here.
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