Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
August 19, 2018 thru August 25, 2018 Responses
Total Emergency Calls: 580
The Fannin County Fire Department held its annual Christmas Breakfast on Friday morning, December the 16th. The food and fellowship was wonderful as the fire department and EMS gathered and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast.
The breakfast was followed by some very special and well deserved accommodation and recognition.
The first ever special delivery pin was bestowed on Carolyn McLinden and Tracy Padgett who delivered a little girl during an ambulance ride. It was November when the call came and the expectant mother explained it was her 3rd and it was coming soon. The little baby girl and mother are doing fine. The little girl was named Story and she will always have a special story on how she came into the world…in a hurry!
Other special recognition awarded to the well trained men and women in the Fannin County Fire Department and EMS for life saving actions. One call at the Home Depot and another where a gentleman collapsed while riding a 4 wheeler. Both times the quick actions keep the patients alive and able to be with their families this Christmas!
Below is a group picture with local businessman and volunteer Kevin Panter holding an address sign. These make great gifts and all proceeds go to the Fannin County Fire Department & EMS. You can place your order at Kevin Panter Insurance in Blue Ridge, GA for only $20. These signs can be life saving when emergency personnel are answering calls and trying to find you.
These dedicated men and women do a great job and our community is lucky to have them. One of the patients, Carl H. Riggs, who survived based on the quick rescue actions wasn’t able to stop by but left this statement,
Carl H Riggs I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to attend this morning. These guys are the reason I’m alive today and I say a prayer each day to keep them safe.
Long-time Fannin EMS Captain David Wade Curtis passed on April 21, 2016. He had been sick since December and had spent much of the winter in the hospital.
Mr. Curtis started his career as a volunteer firefighter with McCaysville City Fire Department in 1982. In 1985, he completed his EMT training and began working for Copper Basin Medical Center as well as continuing volunteering with McCaysville Fire Department. In 1986, he began working as an EMT at the Blue Ridge Station. The next year, after completing training, he was promoted to Paramedic with Fannin County EMS where he has worked for 30 years. “Fannin County was fortunate to have had such a dedicated paramedic and firefighter. He saved countless lives and property during his career both as a medic and firefighter,” says Robert Graham, Fannin County Emergency Medical Services Director.
Mr. Curtis was a member of McCaysville Church of God. In addition to serving the people of Fannin County in emergency situations, Mr. Curtis and his sons also ran Curtis’ Garage in Epworth, GA.
He is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Josh and Ashley Curtis and Matt Curtis, all of Epworth; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Cheryl Curtis of Epworth; sister, Virginia Curtis of Blue Ridge; beloved girlfriend, Trish Bailey of Ellijay; grandchild, Ava Ann Curtis; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Curtis was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Deal Curtis and his parents, Floy and Wade Curtis.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the McCaysville Church of God with Rev. Steve Lamb and Rev. Chris Taylor officiating. Music will be by Danny Rhodes and Valorie Taylor. Pallbearers will be Kenny Stuart, Ken Stuart, Spencer Kitchens, Mark Keaton, Robert Graham, Darrell Payne, Jonathan Curtis, and Jeremy Curtis. Honorary escort will be the Fannin County Fire and E.M.S. Interment will follow in Tumbling Creek Cemetery with the Fireman’s Last Call provided by the Fannin County Fire Department. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Donations in memory of Mr. Curtis may be made to the Fannin County Fire Department 342 W. Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.
“We’ve been having a rash of EMS calls in relation to drug-overdose type calls in relation to synthetic drugs”