June 2009

Emergency Medical Service Founders Celebrate


Kearney, NE

Kearney EMS Founders

A graduate of one of the nation’s first training classes for
volunteer emergency medical technicians and his wife looked
at memorabilia during a 40th anniversary celebration at
Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE.


Forty years ago, one of the nation’s first training classes for volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) was held in Kearney. During National EMS Week, May 17-23, Good Samaritan Hospital honored the individuals who completed that class and their instructors. Good Samaritan also recognized members of the community who wrote grant applications for the program and developed its communication system. The 1969 EMT class held in Kearney became a model for the national EMT certification program, established in 1972. For more information, contact Marsha Wilkerson, marshawilkerson@catholichealth.net.