CHARLES CITY, Iowa – For Danielle Hillegas, those working on EMS crews mean the world to her, and to her father.
On April 26th, Matthew Ross had been working in his yard to fix a waterline break when he was accidentally crushed by the backhoe he was operating. EMS crews and volunteers helped to rescue him.
He was taken to the Charles City Hospital. From there he was airlifted to the North Iowa Medical Center in Mason and then transferred to Iowa City.
His family is deeply grateful to all the EMS workers, community volunteers, and doctors who helped with saving his life.
This week communities throughout the region will be holding events to honor EMS crews.
West Hancock Ambulance Service is hosting a fee BBQ on Thursday. Mercy Air Med Helicopter is expected to make a landing at the event.
More than 12,000 people serve in Iowa on EMS crews.
On Friday, Governor Branstad signed a bill into law that increases state tax credits for volunteer fire fighters and EMT’s.