College's EMS students get dose of encouragement in church dinner

By COLBY DENTON

Posted 1/26/18

Clingan Ridge Baptist Church hosted a dinner for Cleveland State Community College's emergency medical services students at the college’s Baptist Christian Ministries building on Thursday night.

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College's EMS students get dose of encouragement in church dinner

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Clingan Ridge Baptist Church hosted a dinner for Cleveland State Community College's emergency medical services students at the college’s Baptist Christian Ministries building on Thursday night.

The EMS students were treated to a meal catered by Chick-fil-A and Little Debbie. They also had a retinue of speakers with ties to EMS.

Stan Clark, assistant director of Bradley County EMS, opened the event with a prayer and tales of his life experiences in EMS.

“We are here to celebrate the future of this program and want to encourage you on the path that you’ve chosen,” Clark said.

As the event was hosted by Clingan Ridge, members of its Young Professionals Sunday school class served food and drinks to the attendants.

A drawing was also held for a Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope, which is typically around a $170 value. A member of Clingan Ridge’s Young Professionals class, Chelsey Williams, drew the lucky winner of the stethoscope, who was revealed to be an AEMT student named Logan Helton.

The event was partially in honor and remembrance of a young woman who had just earned her EMS certification before being tragically killed in a car accident in 2017, Maranda Wright. Maranda’s mother, Sherry Wright, took the stage to thank the local EMS for all of their support through their family’s incredibly difficult time of grief. Through tear-stained eyes, Sherry recounted the sheer dedication that her daughter displayed and just how much Cleveland State and the EMS of Bradley County had helped their family.

“Dr. Bill Seymour gave me Maranda’s diploma after the funeral and told us how she had not only graduated, but had also made the Dean’s List, something that she would never get to hear,” Wright said. “EMS was there for my daughter and all of us and I thank you all for your constant support and prayers.”

According to Wright, Maranda’s EMS badge was present at her funeral near her feet on a beautiful flower arrangement.

Debby Woodard at Southern Traditions also donated a Pandora bracelet for the event. It was engraved in honor of Maranda.

Danny Marshall, Clingan Ridge Sunday school teacher and co-organizer of the event, also performed a song that he had written in honor of Maranda Wright. The song focused on celebrating everyone who has lived a life of worth, just as Maranda had.

The teary-eyed audience cheered upon the song’s completion and just as it was opened, the night was closed with a prayer asking protection over this new generation of EMS members.

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