Give thanks to unsung heroes

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This week, May 16 to 22, is EMS Week, a time to recognize the unsung heroes who come to our aid when we dial 911 in a crisis. Residents of Butte, Colusa, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties are fortunate to live in a place that has successfully implemented a system of care to address severe heart attacks. This means that when you or someone experiences a heart attack and calls 911, you are activating that system and care starts immediately. Research shows that such systems save lives and help survivors achieve the best possible outcomes. Every day my work reminds me of the importance of the chain of survival — from that first emergency call through arrival of EMS professionals to treatment at a hospital ready to receive them. I have met countless volunteers and supporters of the American Heart Association whose timely care in a system such as yours made the difference for them and their families. Please join me in thanking your Butte, Colusa, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties’ hometown heroes for all that they do to improve emergency health care in your community. Roman J. Bowser, executive vice president, American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, Los Angeles