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08EMSThe 2018 Campaign of Honor, spearheaded by District 19 Republican Sen. Wesley Meredith, continues into its second week recognizing and honoring all Cumberland County first responders. During the campaign, which began Aug. 13, Meredith and colleagues are conducting on-site visits to personally thank and recognize the work and dedication of all local first responders. The visitors also gain more insight into the operations and challenges of these organizations.

Meredith said, “We not only want to showcase these departments, but we want to involve the community in honoring these first responders for the work they do everyday, maintaining the safety, health and well-being of our residents and their loved ones.”

This week, they visited the Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services Base Facility. While touring the facility, Meredith spoke with various personnel there who specialize in training for the Urban Search and Rescue Team. He also participated in an up-close-and-personal training experience.

Heading up the training was Cumberland County EMS Medical Director Matthew Wells, M.D. Wells is on staff at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. After the tour, Meredith said, “It is pretty obvious that EMS first responders are much more than people who drive an ambulance.”

The 2018 Campaign of Honor will continue with visits to the Fayetteville City Police Department, the Cumberland CountySheriff’s Department and the city/county fire departments.

The message from this campaign is clear: We appreciate these organizations and these exceptional individuals and want to acknowledge them wherever and whenever possible. They are professional, specialized and highly trained individuals dedicated to saving lives and protecting our citizens.

Meredith encouraged everyone to share their praises of these organizations on Facebook and on all social media platforms. “Personal words of encouragement are always appreciated,” he said.

Meredith is looking forward to continuing the Campaign of Honor, which will culminate in a Sept. 11 remembrance and recognition event sponsored by local businesses and organizations at The TapHouse at Huske Hardware, located at 411 Hay St. in downtown Fayetteville, from 5:30-7 p.m.

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