First Responders

Chase Cavanaugh

It's national EMS Week. President Gerald Ford designated the week 45 years ago to celebrate the importance of paramedics, ambulance staff, and other pre-hospital emergency workers.

Hospitals around the nation are holding events honoring the work of EMS staff. This includes Dr. Matt Smetana, an Associate EMS Director at MercyHealth in Rockford.  He says the profession has evolved.

Victoria Lunacek

Tuesday's National Night Out brought together first responders and the public of Elburn at the downtown Lions Park. People were able to explore firetrucks, ambulances and police cars to see how they work and operate. National Night Out is an annual event held in communities around the country.