The truth is, Lakewood started service to the community in 1991, before Jim Robertson, and before you. It served the community unselfishly until July of of 07, when a young lady, her mom and dad took over. A new board was appointed who lost respect and confidence with the communities it served. Jim announced he went from a volunteer department, to an all paid department with pay raises. He added new employees, bought new equipment, and a new cot, new computers, and plenty of supplies etc. etc. He must tighten his belt different than I do. The board announced they restructed the way they did business, and guess what? They closed the business. The real work was done by a long list of volunteers, and a hard working community long before Jim Robertson showed up. When the volunteers left, no one was willing to volunteer anymore. Volunteers work around the clock but with no pay, thats what volunteers do.
Jim robertson has busted his butt since day one at that company, tring to keep the doors open, he looked at things from every point of view and thightend the belt where ever he could. People don't understand how much money it takes to run an ambulance company, do people know he's is working nearly round the clock even now to make sure things are shut down properly knowing that he probably won't get any more pay checks. That's the kind of guy he is. And you want to know the worst thing, he had that service working, things were starting to get cleaned up after the fiasco the last director left that station it. But with minimal supplys, limited man power and working out a broken down, nearly condemed farmhouse, he kept that bussiness running, but stupid board members who know nothing about EMS thought they didn't need an ambulance. Well let me tell you something, when your woken up in the middle of the night with a crushing chest pain that radiates down your left arm and your minutes from death, your going to call an ambulance and in the 25 minutes it takes mercy to get there your going to wish jim robertson and the rest of lakewood ems was there . This decision will cause so many people to suffer, How many I wonder will die while these townships take out bids for a new service. Think about that, And the next time you bash a hero like Jim, know what the heck yuor talking about. <quoted text>